Scouting for Food
For more information and/or questions contact Andrew Bresson
at: 443-573-2536 or Andrew.Bresson@scouting.org.
The Baltimore Area Council, which includes Baltimore City, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, has collected food for local food banks and pantries as part of the Scouting for Food civic service project for many years. Scouting for Food has grown into the Boy Scouts of America's largest single-day community food drive. Over the years, the campaign has collected 45 million pounds of food donations.
It takes a great deal of community support, planning, cooperation, desire, dedication, passion and volunteers to make Scouting for Food the largest single-day community food drive.
Here's a look at what Scouting for Food is and how it works.
Bag Distribution Day: On March 11, 2017 Scouts will deliver plastic bags to residences all over the area. During the week, community residents will "thoughtfully give," filling their bags with nutritious canned goods and non-perishable items.
Bag Collection Day: On March 18, 2017 the Scouts will retrieve the filled bags from residents and take them to local food banks and pantries, where volunteers will box the donations.
Ingredients for Success: Through "thoughtful giving," Scouting for Food strives to deliver more than one million cans of food to area food pantries that gain months’ worth of provisions. Here is a snapshot "by the numbers":
- 5,500 Scouts (225 Scout units)
- 3,000 Volunteers (Scout leaders and families)
- 292,000 bags
- The City & Five Counties
To learn more about hunger in our area, visit the area Food Bank websites.
What items are most needed in our community?
The Perfect Scouting for Food Bag
Question: With so many canned food options on the store shelves, how do I know what items are best to donate to food drives such as Scouting for Food?
Answer: After consulting with numerous food pantry directors in the area and seeking nutrition advice from a dietition, we compiled what we like to call the Perfect Bag. The Perfect Bag contains a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups. Please avoid using glass containers.
- 2 cans of hearty soup, stew or chili: Supplies many nutrients.
- 2 cans of tuna, chicken, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam): Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
- 1 can of fruit: Supplies vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
- 1 can of vegetables: Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
- 1 can of tomato or pasta sauce: contains lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh.
- 1 canned meal: Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
- 1 can of beans: Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
- 1 can of evaporated milk: Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.
- 1 plastic jar of peanut butter.