Scouting For Food

Each November, Scouts can be seen leaving bags at local residents’ doors and boxes at local organizations and businesses to collect nonperishable food donations. Scouting for Food is a “Good Turn” initiative by the Boy Scouts of America to help local food banks around the holidays.

How can your Unit participate? Commit using the button below! Each Unit must commit online to be able to receive the collection bags and boxes.


NEW! Moo Moo Car Wash is a new partner of Scouting for Food this year! Their 13 central Ohio Moo Moo Car Wash locations will act as collection locations all November long and donate the items collected to local food banks.

Thanks for participating in Scouting for Food!

Commit to Participate in Scouting for Food 2017! Report your Scouting for Food collection amount

Box and Bag Distribution:

  • Starting the week of October 23th (Available at Columbus, Chillicothe, and Portsmouth Offices)
  • November roundtables

For more information on the food drive, please contact Kayla Drieth

Tips and timeline for participating in Scouting for Food:

  • October
  • Determine how many Scouts will participate and how many adults will be available to drive when picking up food
  • Determine  to which food bank or soup kitchen your unit will be giving the collected items
  • Determine how your unit will be participating (there are multiple ways possible)
  • Determine the number of bags and boxes needed
  • Come pick up your bags or boxes at any council service center
  • Talk to other units to get them to participate (consider a friendly competition)
  • November
  • Collect as many cans as possible (Report your total collected)
  • December
  • Report your results and order your patches on this website
  • Deliver your collected food items to a food bank or soup kitchen (be sure to report your results first!)
  • January
  • Celebrate your success and thank all your Scouts and parents for participating
  • At University of Scouting and January Roundtable – Pay for and pick up your patches
  • Going door to door by dropping off a bag and a letter one weekend and returning the next weekend to collect the bag left on the doorstep
  • Send home bags at your Church. Make an announcement one weekend and then collect the bags filled with canned goods the next weekend
  • Set up a box at your Church. Keep it up the entire month of November
  • Set up a box at your school or community center. Keep it up the entire month of November
  • Set up boxes at area businesses. keep it up the entire month of November
  • Other ideas are always welcomed!

  • Since 2008, the Simon Kenton Council’s media partner ABC 6/Fox 28 has been immensely supportive of our Scouting for Food efforts. The 2015 Scouting for Food drive began with a full three-day media kickoff, as Good Day Columbus welcomed Scouts on the air every single day that week. WE are HUGELY grateful to the entire staff of the ABC 6/Fox 28 family for helping get the word out about our food drive.

    Check out some clips from past years!


    img_2732Good Day Columbus: Scouting for Food – October 27, 2016 Fox 28 wtte-logo



    Scouting for food 5 Days

     GDC: Scouting For Food, Food Drive – Oct. 29 Fox 28 wtte-logo



    GDC Scouting for food 6 Days
    GDC: Scouting For Food This Friday! – Oct. 28 – Fox 28 wtte-logo
    Good Day Columbus announces the Scouting for Food Kickoff!




    GDC: Scouting For Food, Food Drive at ABC6/FOX 28 (Part 1) – WTTE



    GDC: Scouting For Food With a Walking Taco in Hand – WTTE

    Racing pinewood cars with Phil C. and his pack buddies from Hilliard!



    GDC: Racing Cars, Scouting For Food – WTTE

    Getting crafty with earth-friendly projects with Grove City Scouts


    GDC: Scouting For Food and DIY Scout Crafts – WTTE


    To order your $1 Scouting for Food patches fill out the form below.