Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country. Did you know more than 47 million items have been collected since 1985?

FAQ: Scouting for Food

Each year, our Scouts, leaders, and parents collect approximately 500,000 items that serves approximately 212 pantries within the Ozark Trails Council, which includes Springfield, parts of Camden, and outer areas including Kansas. MO. This annual collection meets a four-month demand for food in some areas and replenishes from the hard winter that we have experienced here in Missouri.

To ease time constraints the Ozark Trails Council has adopted the whole month of March for collection and distribution of food goods to our local area food pantries.

Bag Distribution Day - March 1st,

Final Data Collection Day - March 31st, 2014.

Get with River Trails District's Scouting for Food Chairman Mrs. Maria Bippes,  and provide her with the territory information that your unit covers to help with not overlapping a certain or to ensure that more areas have the opportunity to be covered by your unit. Please recruit leaders and parents to cover your unit's territory.

Please email and update Maria Bippes at  with your total items collected, total weight, and location of food pantry. This goes towards your UNITS JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE.

Need promotion ideas? How do I mobilize my unit? Check out the Unit Leader Kit (link coming soon) distributed at October leader Roundtables.

What items are most needed in our community? See what a "perfect bag" might look like.

FAQ Scouting for Food