Scouting for Food

Job Description:

The Scouting for Food Coordinator is a member of the Troop Committee who organizes the Scouting for Food Service Project run each Fall by the Council.


Attend the Information Meeting during Roundtable

Plan the flyer distribution day

Plan the bag pick up day

Arrange to deliver the food to one of the Food Banks

Work with Pender UMC’s Food Bank

How To:

Each Fall, the Troop participates in Council’s Scouting for Food food drive. The activity consists of two events: the flyer distribution, held on a Saturday morning designated by Council; and the food pick-up and sorting, held on a Saturday morning designated by Council.

Each Fall, District will identify a Scouting for Food coordinator at the District level. That coordinator will announce a planning meeting, usually held in October before Roundtable on the Second Thursday of the Month at the LDS Church on Centreville Road. The Scouting for Food coordinator will attend that and subsequent meetings to get the Troop’s designated neighborhood area and bags for distribution. The troop typically gets 2000 homes to visit.

The morning of the flyer distribution, the coordinator will have the scouts meet at Pender UMC parking lot and divide them into teams and assign them neighborhoods and bags of rolled bags and flyers. The distribution usually takes from 8:00 - 10:00am. The coordinator has a budget for breakfast, juice and coffee.

The next weekend, the scouts should meet again at the parking lot of Pender UMC. This time, they should all bring boxes to hold the food once it is collected. Each scout should bring two - four boxes. The scouts are again divided up into teams and sent out to collect the food. The food is to be brought back to the Church parking lot where it is divided into boxes according to type. The boxes should be set out and labeled for quick sorting.

Typically, the troop also collects and sorts the food picked up by Pack 1540, which also sponsored by Pender UMC.

As boxes are filled, they should be loaded into a car and delivered to one of the designated food collection sites identified by the District Scouting for Food Coordinator. Pender UMC also has a food bank and should be offered the chance to pick out food they want to keep at the church.

The food collection and sorting usually takes from 8:00 - 12:00. The coordinator has a breakfast budget for this event as well.

At each weekend, the coordinator should keep track of attendance and provide participating scouts names and number of hours worked to the Advancement Chair for update in Scoutbook.

Files (See bottom of page):



Drop Off Sites:

Reston Interfaith 1000-1400

11484 Washington Plaza West, #120

Reston, Virginia 20190

POC Ellie Moody, 703-787-3115 Office

703-787-3046 Fax

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LINK – Herndon 0900-1400

Trinity Presbyterian Church

651 Dranesville Rd, Herndon

POC George Lingg, 703-435-8367

Food for Others 0900-1600

2938 Prosperity Ave, Merrifield,

POC Charlie Monts, 703-620-5535

FACETS – Fairfax Area Christian Emergency Transition Services,

Community of Faith United Methodist Church

13224 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon, VA 20171

POC: Rob Vaughn, 703-620-1977