As the holiday season grows nearer, food insecurity continues to be a challenge for many families and individuals in our community. The Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council is working to help end hunger during its 2023 Scouting for Food Drive that is taking place to collect food for those who are in need. Scouts are out delivering bags to local neighborhoods and will come back to collect the donated food on doorsteps on November 11.
Please don’t discard the bag you may find, help those in need by placing non-perishable goods inside the bag on your door step by 8 a.m. Saturday, November 11 to be picked up by the Scouts.
‘Scouting for Food’ is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985. The Boy Scouts of America National Organization adopted the idea and Scouting For Food began in all councils nationwide in 1988. One in five children live in a food insecure home. There are children who don’t know where their next meal will come from in every community.
Food and cash donations, which can be made securely here, are directed to Second Harvest Food Bank, and other local food pantries.
Sadly, people in our own community report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, according to a Hunger in America study. Food from the Scout drive directly benefits those who need it most in our communities. Scouts participate in Scouting for Food to fulfill their oath to “help other people at all times.” Scouting promotes community involvement and emphasizes youth helping other youth.