Scouting for Food
Did you realize that one of every three people served by food banks are children? In Berks and Schuylkill counties, over 100,000 people qualify for food assistance. The Hawk Mountain Council, through SCOUTING FOR FOOD, is proud to be a major supporter of the effort to help those in need.
On Saturday, NOVEMBER 12th, Scouts will return to collect the donated non-perishable food items left outside and take them to a convenient drop-off location within their local communities.
If you receive a door hanger, please make sure to leave your donations in a visible location outside your front door or by the base of your mailbox (please do not hang on or put in your mailbox) by 8:30 AM on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Please avoid donating glass items.
If you do not receive a door hanger or your items are not picked up, please consider bringing donations to a local food pantry, the Greater Berks Food Bank or to the Hawk Mountain Council at 5027 Pottsville Pike, Reading.
Please place your donated items in plastic grocery bags or boxes and attach the door hanger to the container.
The best items to donate are:
CEREALS PEANUT BUTTER RICE OATMEAL DRY MILK
BEANS 100% FRUIT JUICE TUNA FISH CANNED MEATS CANNED FRUIT
CANNED VEGETABLES CANNED SOUPS PASTA SHAMPOO TOOTHBRUSHES
BABY WIPES TOOTHPASTE BATHWIPES
UNIT PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION
In order to be environmentally friendly, the Hawk Mountain Council is ordering door hangers made from sustainable recycled paper instead of manufacturing 200,000 plastic bags derived from national gas and petroleum. We will encourage our food donors to recycle plastic or paper bags they already have in their homes.
Door hangers will be available to pick-up starting at your district's October roundtable. Contact your district Scouting for Food chair, district professional or the council office if you have any questions.
- If you're not sure of your unit's territory, please consult with your district Scouting for Food chair. You can also consult the interactive map of food collection areas.
- All members, both youth and adult, should be in uniform during Scouting for Food activities.
- Determine an assembly place and time for your door hanger distribution and collection of donated food items (you may wish to use your regular unit meeting place or another convenient location).
- Be sure that Scouts travel in groups of two or more with adequate adult supervision.
- Provide enough vehicles for the number of Scouts participating and the area to be covered.
- Vehicles should stay as close to the Scouts as possible. It is highly recommended (especially for Cub Scouts) for adults to be on the streets during door hanger distribution.
- Plan to remind all participants during the week of the drop-off and collection.
- Unit leaders must make sure the distribution and collection guidelines listed below are followed.
DISTRIBUTION AND COLLECTION GUIDELINES:
- All unit members work the assigned territory only.
- Distribute to residences only. Skip businesses and apartments with controlled access or rules against solicitation.
- Place the door hanger on what appears to be the most frequently used door of the residence.
- Do not put in mailboxes. DO NOT ENTER ANY HOME FOR ANY REASON.
Please also make sure to report your unit's Scouting for Food service hours on the Journey to Excellence website.
For more information contact the council service center at 610-926-3406, your district Scouting for Food chair or district professional for details.
With everyone's assistance, we can make a difference in whether or not a child goes hungry.