The 30th annual Scouting for Food canned food drive will be held on Saturday, November 18. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult leaders, other youth representatives, and community volunteers will be going door-to-door to collect bags of canned and non-perishable food to meet the needs of local families.
This annual food drive goes on throughout the greater Bay Area. In Alameda last November, Scouts collected over 17,000 pounds of food, which in turn was sorted and boxed by community volunteers, and then distributed by the Alameda Food Bank to over 2,200 local families over the following weeks. The Alameda Council hopes to match or exceed that collection goal again this year.
Scouts and other youth will distribute door hangers to residences the weekend of November 11 announcing the Scouting for Food effort. Some residents may have also received a shopping bag to use for Scouting for Food donations. Residents are asked to put their donations out on the front doorstep between 8:30 and 9 AM, so that the Scouts and other volunteers can see and pick up the donations between 9 AM and 12 noon.
Give the gift of health by donating healthy food that goes beyond filling stomachs to nourishing and promoting health! Preferred foods:
- Canned tuna, chicken and salmon (in water)
- Canned Soup (low sodium)
- Peanut butter (non-hydrogenated)
- Brown rice
- Whole grain pasta
- Whole grain oats and cereal
- Canned fruit (in 100% juice)
- Canned vegetables (low sodium)
- Nuts, seeds and dried fruit
Community partners for the Scouting for Food drive in Alameda include the Rotary Club of Alameda, Alameda Elks Lodge, Girls Inc. of the Island City, American Red Cross Youth, and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. United States Coast Guard personnel will be transporting the sorted and boxed food to the Alameda Food Bank.
For more information about Scouting for Food, contact the Alameda Food Bank at (510) 523-5850 or the Alameda Council, Boy Scouts of America at (510) 522-2772.