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 11th, 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 11, 2017. 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.
NEW FOR 2017...
We need your help. This year we are trying something different: we want to try to cover more areas with high density housing. To do this, we are asking that all units register now. Once we have all the collection areas mapped out for those units that are participating, we will identify areas with high density housing that are not covered. We will list those areas on the HMC website and send out request for units to adopt them, for the 2017 collection.
The first step is to fill out the online participation form
by June 1, 2017. (We will be handing out paper versions at future Roundtables). Even if your unit is not planning to participate, please fill out the form (otherwise, you may be flooded with phone calls and emails asking you to register). For those units that are planning to participate, once we receive your registration, we will contact you to make sure we have your unit's territory mapped out correctly. We are planning to have all the areas mapped out by October 1, 2017.
- 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.