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Scouting for Food Scouting for Food Overview: In March the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America will conduct its annual Scouting for Food campaign. This important community service project is designed to fight hunger locally by helping to fill the shelves of neighborhood food banks at a time of year when needs are high and supplies are low. During the last 31 years, this national program has collected millions of non-perishable food items for families in need. Our collaborative council goal is to collect 60,000 pounds. A second objective is to increase community awareness about hunger in Western Washington.

How does the Scouting for Food campaign work? Scouts will collect food on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and deliver the food (and other collected items) to a local area food bank. 

To print additional Scouting for Food Information Flyers, click here.

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Important Info:

COLLECTING FOOD?

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DISTRICT TOTALS REPORT
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UNIT COORDINATOR
POSITION DESCRIPTION

DISTRICT COORDINATOR
POSITION DESCRIPTION

DISTRICT CONTACTS:

ALPINE - Eric DePoule
AQUILA - Kimberly Kanouse
AURORA - John Padgett
KITSAP - Jeff Weiss
LAKE SHORES - Clay Wilson
MT. OLYMPUS - Shana Scott
MT. TAHOMA - Bradley Roberts
NORTHERN TRAILS - Cyndy Jones
NORTHERN TRAILS - REDMOMD - Kiera Spear
THUNDERBIRD - Kimberly Kanouse

COUNCIL CONTACT:

Jon Harthun
206.902.2310


Media Advisory
COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE

WASHINGTON HUNGER FACTS


History of Scouting for Food

SFF bag photoBetween 1983 and 1985, the average number of households seeking emergency food increased by almost 40%. 70% of those seeking help were families with children. Seeing the need, Scouting for Food was born. The first year of collection, 1988, involved 1 million Scouts nationwide collecting 65 million cans of nonperishable food. As the National Good Turn from 1988-1991, Scouting for Food resulted in the largest collection and donation of foodstuffs ever experienced in the United States.

Why March?
Years ago, Scouting leaders approached food banks to ask when help was most needed. It was discovered that March, in between the more traditional food drive times of Christmas and Easter, is when food banks are at their lowest levels.

Background
Studies indicate that more than 17.6 million American households go hungry at some time every month; these studies also reveal that there are more hungry people in American now than at any time in the last twenty-five years.

Prolonged hunger causes more than just discomfort. Malnutrition can lead to permanent tissue damage and leaves its sufferers-particularly children and the elderly – susceptible to illness and infection.

What is the Answer?
Hunger is a problem we can do something about by working together. Scouting for Food is a starting point. It is an example of our long-standing commitment to community service. Through this project the BSA directly helps meet the needs of the hungry, while exposing its members, particularly youth, to the highest ideals of the Scouting movement through a practical and dramatic experience in the principle of the Good Turn.

Our Role
The BSA's role is to organize the food collection and make arrangements with established community distribution agencies that will warehouse and distribute the food to the needy at no cost. The emphasis is on nonperishable food most need for nutrition, such as peanut butter, baby formula, complete packaged meals, and such canned goods as tuna, chunky soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.


Food Banks by District (partial list)

ALPINE

Fall City Community Food Pantry
4326 337th Pl SE
Fall City, WA 98024

(425) 222-5458
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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
179 1st Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027

(425) 392-4123
link


Mt. Si Helping Hands Food Bank
122 East 3rd St
North Bend, WA 98045

(425) 888-0096
link



AQUILA

Des Moines Area Food Bank
22225 9th S, Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 878-2660
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Highline Area Food Bank
18300 4th Ave S, Burien, WA 98116

(206) 433-9900
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West Seattle Food Bank
3419 SW Morgan St, Seattle, WA 98126

(206) 932-9023
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White Center Food Bank
10829 8th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146

(206) 762-2848
link
AURORA

Click here to visit a comprehensive listing
KITSAP

Bremerton Food Line
1600 12th St, Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 479-6188

Central Kitsap Food Bank
3790 NW Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 692-9818

Helpline House
282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Is, WA 98110
(206) 842-7621

Kingston Foodbank
26096 W 1st St NE, Kingston, WA 98346
(360) 297-4861


KITSAP

North Kitsap Fishline
18916 3rd Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
(360) 779-5190

North Mason Food Bank
22471 Hwy 3 Belfair, WA 98528
(360) 275-4615

South Kitsap Helpline
1351 Bay St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
(360) 876-4089
LAKE SHORES

HopeLink for Bellevue
14812 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98007

(425) 943-6701
MT. OLYMPUS

Hope Food Bank
Clallam Bay, WA
(360) 963-2424

Makah Tribal Food Bank
Neah Bay, WA
(360) 645-2337

Port Angeles Food Bank
402 S Valley St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 452-8568

Quilcene Food Bank
294952 US Highway 101, Quilcene, WA
(360) 765-0904

Sequim Food Bank
144 W Alder St, Sequim, WA 98382
(360) 683-1205
MT. TAHOMA

Auburn Food Bank
930 18th Pl NE, Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 833-8925

Kent Food Bank
515 W. Harrison St, Ste. #107, Kent, WA 98032
(253) 520-3550

Maple Valley Food Bank
21415 Renton Maple Vly Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA
(425) 432-8139

Renton Salvation Army
206 South Tobin, Renton, WA 98057
(425) 255-5969
NORTHERN TRAILS

Hopelink
16725 Cleveland St., Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 882-0241

Hopelink
11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 889-7880

Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank
17110 140th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072

(206) 483-5252
THUNDERBIRD

Rainier Valley Food Bank
4205 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-4105