Scouting For Food 2021
Question and Answer Guide for Scouting Units

Q: How does my unit participate in this event?

A: First, select an adult volunteer to take the lead within your unit. Next, register your unit to participate in this event by visiting It’s that easy!! TIP: Keep track of those who donated. You will need that information later.

Q: Are there door hangers provided like in previous years?

A: Unfortunately, Council is not distributing door hangers this year. Due to COVID-19 this year’s event is themed as a drive through “Stuff Your Trunk Competition” to limit direct contact with others. It is recommended that Scouts NOT solicit door to door donations.

Q: Competition huh? What does the winning unit receive?

A: The winning unit will receive a participation plaque that will be announced at a Councilwide Roundtable. You will have the satisfaction of doing your part as a scout in upholding the Scout Motto, “Do A Good Turn Daily”, the Scout Oath, and various points of the Scout Law. Participating in the annual Good Turn for America national BSA community service campaign is also a good way to show support in your community.

Q: What!? No door hangers?! How are we supposed to advertise?

A: Utilize social media (Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, etc.) and personal emails to friends, family and associates to spread the word. A url and QR code will be available for people to use to promote Scouting for Food on social media. The code will allow participants to scan and donate electronically to the San Diego Food Bank if they choose not to make a physical canned goods donation. Click here for several templates to send out via email or social media.

Q: Where do we drop off the food when it has been collected?

A: Various locations around San Diego County are designated ‘drop off locations’ on March 20th only. Please see the map for a location nearest you to drop off your non-perishable goods on March 20th.

Q: “What if my unit already has a favorite charity that we support each year during Scouting for Food?”

A: That is okay. Your unit can use this Scouting For Food event/date to promote and collect for any non-profit that distributes food to those in need. Churches that have food pantries, Food banks in other cities, and Father Joe’s Village are examples of places that can receive your donations directly! You will just be responsible to arrange a drop off of the items to the organization you choose.

Q: Can I make a food dropoff at Council during the month of March?

A: Yes! The Council Service Center will serve as a food drop off location throughout the month of March and April as needed.

Q: Can I get one of those plastic red barrels to place at my place of worship or at work?

A: Absolutely! Any Scouter can register online or contact Kayla Thomson ( at the San Diego Food Bank to arrange a pickup of the red barrels at either San Diego Food Bank warehouse locations. NOTE: These red barrels hold approx. 200 lbs of food!!

  • North County Food Bank - Vista: 1445 Engineer St, Ste 110, Vista 92081
  • San Diego Food Bank - Sorrento Valley: 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego 92121

Q: My unit always collects tons of food. What if we need multiple trunks to make the donation?

A: You do have the option of getting large plastic or cardboard boxes from the San Diego Food Bank. Please contact Kayla Thomson ( to inquire about high capacity containers that can hold up to 1000 lbs of food
NOTE: These are pallet sized boxes. You will need a large truck to transport these. The filled box will need to be taken directly to the San Diego Food Bank to be unloaded with one of their forklifts. Or, if you can get the boxes to a designated dropoff area on Saturday, March 20th they can be received then.

Q: My unit participated, collected and dropped off food. Now what do I do?

A: First of all..a HUGE thank you for participating! Please visit to record the total weight of your donations and the total number of participants your unit had. This will determine the number of participation patches your unit receives.

Q: We want to participate but due to COVID-19, how does a unit collect food this year and adhere to all Council and County COVID protocols to keep our unit safe?

A: First of all you MUST adhere to all county/council protocols. This includes maintaining 6 feet of social distance, wearing masks when interacting with others and limiting interpersonal contact.

In the past, food donations may have been brought to a scout meeting and the unit Scouting for Food coordinator took care of it. This year it is going to look a bit different. Here are some options for collecting food within your units:

Option 1:
Invite families to donate individually. Have them bag their items, weigh everything, stuff it all in their trunks and take them directly to a drop off location on March 20th. Make sure to get the weight of the items and names of participating scouts to the unit Scouting for Food coordinator to get your patch!!

Option 2:
Have individual families make drop offs to the Scouting for Food unit coordinator. The unit coordinator can safely set these donations aside until time to make the final donation to a drop off site on March 20th.

Option 3:
A unit can coordinate their own drive through dropoff site on the 20th. If this is something that interests you please inquire for requirements, details and additional support in arranging this type of campaign.