Individuals or organizations not affiliated with a BSA unit? Make A Donation
M a k i n g a d i f f e r e n c e t h r o u g h s e r v i c e t o o u r c o m m u n i t y
We may think that everyone around us has enough to eat, or that existing programs meet the needs of hungry children and families. Unfortunately, that's not true. Current studies in San Diego and Imperial Counties show that 1 in 4 children are food insecure, meaning that they do not know where their next meal is coming from, and that 41% of these children's families are income ineligible for federal nutrition programs. You can imagine what this means.
Scouting For Food 2013, a food collection campaign, is scheduled to begin March 2 and March 9, 2013, when supplies at local food banks are at critical lows. Scouting For Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America, part of the national BSA program, Good Turn for America. Our local council will be teaming with Feeding America San Diego, sending thousands of scouts into our neighborhoods to distribute flyers and door hangers to solicit food donations to help address the problem of hunger in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Feeding America San Diego is helping to build our program so that we can reach the many thousands of families in San Diego and Imperial Counties who do not know where their next meal is coming from, and who are often under-served by existing programs.
For 2013, our goal is to increase the scout participation rate from 20%-25% (in 2012) to at least 30% of registered scouts helping this year. Increasing our numbers will put scouting values of Kindness, Friendliness, and Helpfulness into even greater action.
Whether you are a unit leader, individual scout or community member wanting to participate in this important campaign, follow these easy steps to get involved:
Join the 2013 Scouting For Food effort by distributing flyers and then collecting bags of food left on porches and steps in your neighborhood. All it takes is a couple of hours, and you will have been involved in one of Scouting's most important Good Turns!