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What is “Scouting for Food?”

“Scouting for Food” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis in 1985 and was adopted by the National Organization in 1988. The goal is to help feed the hungry of our communities.


When does it take place?

In Central Florida, it always happens on the first two Saturdays of November. 

  • Saturday, November 4th is Distribution Day. Nearly 600,000 door hangers will be placed on doors throughout Central Florida.
  • Saturday, November 11th is Collection Day. Starting at 9am, Scouts blanket our communities, collecting food donated by residents. Scouts then deliver the food to collection sites, where it is counted, packed and readied for delivery to food pantries.
  • Want to participate, but don’t have food to give?  Donate online to purchase food for this year’s Scouting for Food drive!” Click Here


Why do we participate in Scouting for Food?

As an organization, the Boy Scouts teaches youth the value of helping others and giving back to their communities. By collecting food for people in need, Scouts are “doing a good turn” and “helping other people,” key elements of the Scout Oath and slogan.


Where does the donated food go?

 After the Scouts collect the food bags, they deliver them to a local drop-off location where volunteers sort and box the food to be delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and other local food pantries. Your donated food will help feed people in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, Volusia and Flagler Counties.


Helpful Links

Unit Commitment Form

2017 Unit Toolkit

2017 Scouting for Food Collection Sites