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Scouting for Food: November 5 and 12

posted Sep 20, 2016, 10:10 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Scouting For Food bags will be distributed at the October Round Tables on Thursday, October 12, 2016.  All units should have a representative at the October meeting to pick up bags for Scouting For Food Distribution. 

Scouting For Food Bag Distribution date is Saturday, November 5, 2016. 

Phil Dennis will be in the hallway handing out the SFF bags at the Roundtable from 7:00-9:30 pm. me find me at Boy Scout Round Table if I’m not in the hallway. 

Scouting For Food is an important service project where our scouts from all over the National Capitol Area go out and collect food donations for area food banks. Donations collected in Seneca District go to the Manna Food Bank in Rockville.  We also provide food to Gaithersburg Help, St. Martins Food Bank, Damascus Help among others. 

It is imperative that each unit have a representative at the October Round Table to pick up their bags.  Please remember to provide contact information for your representative when picking up the bags and to mark on the maps WHERE your unit will be distributing/collecting.  Once we have the maps marked up this week, they will be available ON-LINE so units can see local areas that may need coverage.

Each unit is responsible for reporting the amount of food collected to our council.  To help with this effort, each unit must provide a COUNT OF THE NUMBER OF BAGS DROPPED OFF at the collection points listed below.  If your unit delivers food to a place other than the two locations below (which are delivered to Manna), then please provide an email to Phil Dennis with either the number of bags or total weight of food collected.  Further details will be provided. 

Units should consider contacting their local homeowners associations where they live and inform them of the upcoming drive.  

Not sure what you should donate? According to our friends at Capital Area Food Bank, some of the most highly needed items are: 

• Non-perishable food items
• Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)
• Soups & stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups)
• 100% fruit juices (all sizes)
• Grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni & cheese)
• Cereals (multi grain, low sugar such as cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran, grape nuts, oatmeal)
• Canned vegetables
• Canned fruits
• Condiments
• Hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste)

Units start collecting at 9 a.m. on Saturday November 12th 2016

Bags may be dropped off between 10 am and 1 pm at:
Germantown Safeway
19718 Germantown Rd.
Germantown MD 20874 

Quince Orchard High School
15800 Quince Orchard Rd.
North Potomac, MD 20878 

What do you need to do as a Scout Leader?
1) Contact the Scouting for Food District Chairman ASAP (email preferred, contact information below).

a)     Indicate a Point of Contact: Name, position, unit number, email address, and phone number.
b)    Indicate that your unit will be participating in Scouting for Food in 2014.
c)     Indicate if you will need more or fewer bags than last year (if you don’t know, ask).
d)    Indicate if you would like the same area as last year (if you don’t know, ask).
e)     If your unit did not participate in Scouting for Food last year, you are invited to join us this year! Please contact the Scouting for Food District Chairman for more information.

2) Plan a scouting night to prepare for Scouting for Food before bag distribution,
a)     Plan and prepare driving routes for adults and scouts.
b)    Separate bags and bookmarks for each group.

3) Report total weight collected by your unit after food is collected.
a)     Login to and report your unit’s total weight collected (Council will have a special link on their home page soon)
b)    Note that this is reported in weight not bags collected, weight can be estimated.  An average bag weighs 5 pounds.

4)     Report your service hours (as you should for all service work) at

Thank you!
Phil Dennis
Scouting for Food District Chairman, Seneca District
(301) 519-2053 Cell