100th Anniversary Food Drive
The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is excited to coordinate a council - wide food collection drive in July 2020. Collected food will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank and local food agencies across the Middle Tennessee area.
The need is critical! Food banks in Middle Tennessee have seen an increase in requests for food during the “Stay at Home” order. Food Banks have been able to currently meet the demand. However, during the “Stay at Home” order organizations have been unable to hold food drives. The amount of available food is getting critically low. That is where we as Scouts have been called to action. Let’s help FEED the NEED by holding local food drives in every community.
The FEED the NEED campaign will collect non - perishable food items that will be donated to local food pantries. We ask each unit to pre-register and confirm their food donation site. Units can coordinate collection areas with other participating units through District FEED the NEED Chairs or through their District Executive.
Below are the promotional materials and the list of Food Collector locations
How can a Unit or Scout participate
Units or Scouts are encouraged to participate in the FEED the NEED Food Drive. Here are some suggestions of ways to participate.
1. Drive Through
Set up in parking lot with tents and trailer. Allow cars to drive up and hand donations out the window. Have Scouts standing at store entrance to explain how to make a food donation. Promote through social media leading up to the day. Have Scouts hold signs on the sidewalks and parking lot entrances the day of the collection.
2. Store Front Donation locations
Have Scouts sit at store front location to promote when customers enter store and to collect when customers exit store.
3. Neighborhood Porch Pick-ups
Place promotional door hangers in a designated area the week prior to the collection date, July 18th, then on July 25th Scouts will recanvas the same area to collect the donations.
4. Front-Yard Food Drive
Istead of Scouts going door to door to collect food donations, this food drive flips the script. Encourage Scouts to have prospective donors bring canned items directly to their front yards with a tub labeled "food donations".
5. Chartered Organization Box placements
Place a well decorated box(es) at your units's Charter Organization on July 15th to collect food until July 31st.
6. Other – Be Creative
After the collection, units should count their donations and deliver the donations to their confirmed agency.
Before August 8th, please complete the form which asks for the names of all participants, the number of Scouts, adults, and others participating; the number of items of food donated; and the final headcount for the number of patches. Click here to start.
Coordinate pickup locations
18th - Unit Distribution of Door Hangers/Notifications/collection bags
25th - Collection Day
31st - Complete Food Drive
8th - Complete online form
Thank you, leaders for all your help with this great program. As a Council, we will be able to really make a difference in our community.
Units participating will be listed in Scout Shorts and highlighted at the Council Jamboree in October.
Centennial Award – Any Scout or Leader collecting 100 items of food is eligible to earn this award. Visit Centennial Award to learn more and to download the form.
A Scout is Helpful and Kind – participating in the FEED the NEED drive, Scouts and leaders can earn either of one of the Scout points of the Scout Law related the 100th Anniversary Scout Law Series. Visit Scout Law Series to learn more.
Additionally, please do not forget to log your hours into the Journey to Excellence Service hour reporting website (under Legacy Tools in https://my.scouting.org).