The Boy Scouts of America Scout Oath acknowledges that we have a duty “to help other people at all times” through service, community engagement and leadership. To help instill these positive values, the Mid-America Council hosts an annual Scouting for Food drive to stock the shelves of food pantries by soliciting and collecting shelf-stable foods in their neighborhoods. The campaign’s goal is to create awareness of childhood hunger and to be an activist for change.
Teaching youth a positive character fulfills Scouting’s mission to help young people make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.
Right now, the need in our community is greater than ever. With ongoing inflationary pressures and a more than 10 percent increase in grocery prices over the last 12 months (Bureau of Labor Statistics), many people are struggling to address their basic needs and feed their families. This event will bring significant quantities of food to the Food Bank to ensure more families in our community can continue to put food on their tables.
Scouting for Food is organized to support food banks in rural and urban communities throughout Nebraska and western Iowa. Scouts and volunteers were out canvassing neighborhoods with door stickers on April 15, and then will be back on April 22 to collect food donations in those same neighborhoods. From there, Scouts and volunteers will drop off the food donations collected to designated locations in the community. Following the drive, Scout units report their collection, volunteer hours and participation to Mid-America Council.
The Mid-America Council wants to thank our Scouting for Food Drive partners — Food Bank for the Heartland, United Way of the Midlands, Werner Enterprises, Target, Food Bank of Siouxland, Baker’s Supermarkets and other local food banks/pantries. This project is only possible with your support.
On April 22, the Scouts will also be at the 72nd & Dodge, 120th & L, 168th & Maple and 180th & Center Target locations between 8 a.m. – Noon to collect food donations – just look for the Werner trailer in the parking lot.
You can also drop off Scouting for Food donations at the following Baker’s Supermarket locations in Omaha and Bellevue through the end of the month – just look for the marked barrels: