Every fall, Scouting for Food is the Potomac District’s service project for the needy in Montgomery County. All food collected goes to Manna, a food bank serving Montgomery County, and is stored for use throughout the year. Potomac District Scouts contributed thousands of bags of food last year (over 9 tons of food), supplying the lion’s share of food utilized by Manna last winter for those in need. Let’s make this year’s collection the most successful yet!
Only canned, bagged and boxed goods are needed – no perishable groceries, opened containers, glass containers, frozen food, or paper or household goods, please. Please refer to Manna’s “Most Needed Foods List,” and even copy it for distribution with your notes if you like.
How to Participate:
- Saturday morning, November 3rd Distribute sticky notes to your neighbors. It’s best to go with a buddy from the pack or a parent. Do not enter a home for any reason. If other scouts live in your neighborhood, coordinate with them to divide up the territory. Keep a written list of addresses where you left notes!
- Saturday morning, November 10th Drive around with a parent and pick up the bags that people have left out, or knock on the door to ask if they have filled the bag (some people will forget, but will fill it for you as you wait.) It’s a nice idea to leave a thank-you note for those who have left bags out.
- Saturday morning, November 10th From 11 a.m. to Noon Bring your donated bags to the Giant parking lot at Georgetown Square (far corner of the Giant parking lot at Old Georgetown Rd and Rock Spring Dr). Jill Washecka will receive your donated bags and log them into a master list. Be sure to give your name and number of bags collected. If you are not able to get to Giant by noon, you can bring the bags directly to the Bolger Center (off of Democracy Blvd) parking lot from 9am to 1pm. The Bolger Center (9600 Newbridge Dr., Potomac, MD 20854) is the Potomac District pick-up site.
Safety Tips to Remember:
Always look both ways when crossing the street.
Never travel alone- take a friend or parent.
Never go into a home.