Scouting for Food

  30th Annual Scouting for Food Drive

April 4th thru April 15th, 2016




Unit Level (Scouts/Scouters) Drive 2016 - Register Here
Corporation/Organization Drive 2016 - Register Here


Scouting for Food Headquarters
Laurel Highlands Council
Boy Scouts of America
1275 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15219
Tina Debnam (Company/Organizations/Corporate)
(412) 325-7931 FAX: (412) 232-3606

Dan Lindh (Scouting Units)
(412) 471-2927 FAX: (412) 232-3606


Since 1910, the ideals of Scouting have guided young men to perform "service to others and to the community."  Responding to the plight of America's poor and hungry is conducted in the spirit of the original Boy Scout "good turn." 
During World War I, Boy Scouts planted vegetable gardens to provide food for the hungry. President Roosevelt called on Scouts to collect food for the needy during the Great Depression.  Planting Victory Gardens were the Scouting "good turns" organized during World War II.  Today, Boy Scouts continue their community service by helping the hungry in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The national initiative “Good Turn for America” encourages companies, community organizations, and Scouts to be involved in local community-service that fights hunger through their participation in Laurel Highlands Council’s Annual Scouting for Food drive.  Since 1987, over 108 million units of food have been collected and distributed to Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland county food banks. However, the need to help the hungry continues to grow.  In 2012 the campaign expanded to include Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties. 2014 saw the addition of counties two counties in Maryland and four counties in West Virginia.


Scouting for Food is targeted primarily at collecting canned foods, particularly canned products having a high nutritional value.  In addition to food; paper products, soap, and bulk packages of household commodities are needed.  Emphasis is placed on certain recommended products.  The recommended list is shown below. All kinds of canned fruits, vegetables, and canned products are welcome, as well as sealed, dry packaged foods such as cereals . 

In general, the drive is not prepared to accept perishable items such as produce, milk, ice cream, frozen food, and other perishable products. The drive is prohibited from accepting any home canned or packaged food, baby foods in glass jars and any food having the package seal broken. If large quantities of perishable products become available, please contact the Scouting for Food office at the Laurel Highlands Council at (412) 325-7931 for instructions. 

For the purpose of measuring the results of the campaign, each item of food or product collected will be assigned a unit value.  To encourage the giving of food most needed for nutrition, certain items will be awarded higher unit values.  An attached scorecard and general information pamphlet is available for use in reporting the results of individual campaigns .

Although the contribution of food and household products is preferred, cash contributions are also appreciated and will be used to support the Scouting for Food campaign and expenses.  Please make checks payable to Scouting for Food.   

An acknowledgement letter will be sent for all donations.

Click here for a list of Food Distributors
The above link will take you to a list of Distributors who are partnering with us.

Food Pick-Up
Each organization or company is responsible for collecting food contributions and arranging for transportation of the food to collection points or to the designated food bank warehouses.   
The following companies and organizations are available to transport food collections to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Bank. 

Pitt Ohio Express, Inc.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

In those cases where a large volume of food is collected by a participating organization, the food can be picked up at the organization's collection center.  Please contact Scouting for Food headquarters at 412-325-7931 for instructions.



Record Keeping & Reporting 

Corporations, companies, organizations, government agencies, social service agencies, schools, religious institutions, labor unions, Scouting units, and other groups are asked to complete and submit a report of the number of units of food collected.

Scouting for Food Company Campaign Materials

Unit Checklist

Unit Resources