Scouting for Food

Boy Scout Councils throughout Los Angeles and Orange County are coordinating a food drive in cooperation with local food banks and pantries. As an organization, the Boy Scouts of America has made a strong commitment to help disadvantaged communities through a food drive called "Scouting for Food". Since 1985, over 43 million food items have been collected across the country.

Ten tips to improve your food drive

from Bryan on Scouting's blog

  1. "We are in a rural area, and we take extra trash bags and pick up any trash that we see in the neighborhood. The neighbors love that extra help." (Micaela H.)
  2. "Our area is large and centered around the school, so we set our dens off with maps and highlighters so they can indicate what sides of the street got done and where they stopped. Then on pickup day, they know exactly what areas to re-canvas." (Jon P.)
  3. "Our troop mans the collection point and serves hot chocolate and homemade donuts to the Cub Scouts. Great for recruiting and retention." (Troop 407, Novi, MI)
  4. "Organization, organization, organization. Get as many kids as you can that way they are not out there as long and will be in better spirits." (Darrick B.)
  5. "We send two or three Scouts to each door. Many people want to give one item to each Scout so instead of one item we get two or three." (J.T. H.)
  6. "If your unit is big enough set up shop at a local grocery store in addition to the door-to-door pickup!" (Scouting News)
  7. "We include a nice letter in the bags explaining what we're doing as well as leave a thank you note when we pick up. And on the initial bag letter I always leave my contact information in case they miss the pickup and still want to donate." (Jon P. again)
  8. "Where we are, there are only so many entrances to the neighborhoods. So we made up signs that we stick at the front of each area letting everyone know when we would be picking up bags." (Jason M.)
  9. "Have each boy bring in food to their next meeting that they collect from friends and family." (Patricia R.)
  10. Finally, the always-popular pie in the face: "You can set a goal, and if every den gets that goal, then they get to put a pie in their den leader's face." (Chris C.)

District participation

Units in the Balboa Oaks District should drop off donations on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.

New location for 2017!
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
17101 Plummer St.
Northridge, CA 91325
(corner of Plummer St. and Amestoy Ave.)

Any units that need food delivered to specific pantries need to inform us in advance, so the food can be distributed equally to all the pantries participating.

Contact us to participate:

How it works

  1. Members of each Scouting unit canvas their neighborhood, chartered organization, or local shopping centers and grocery stores asking for donations of non-perishable food. Youth should wear their Scouting uniform, work with a buddy, and be supervised by a parent or Scouting leader.
  2. Collected food is then taken to a local food bank, pantry or designated collection point.
  3. Local food banks and pantries distribute the food to needy families.