Scouting for Food

January 25, 2020 (hanger drop off)
February 1, 2020 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Souper Bowl of Caring, the project begins Saturday, January 25, 2020, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 1, 2020, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.
A Scout promises to help other people at all times. There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.
Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America.

Unit Registration 

A unit representative should sign up the unit for Scouting for Food.

Sign Up             Unit Leader Guidebook

The unit Scouting For Food chair should attend the January district roundtable to pick up door hangers. If the unit representative is unable to attend roundtable, contact the district Scouting for Food chair or district professional. All participating Scouts will receive a Scouting for Food patch. The unit Scouting for Food coordinator can pick up the patches at the March district roundtable.

Reporting Food Collected and Service Hours / Ordering Patches

On February 1, 2020, the unit leader will report the amount of food collected and request patches. Patches will be available for pickup at March roundtables.

The council will report all service hours for the units on the BSA Journey to Excellence website.  

Report Food Collected and Order Patches (opens in January)

Useful Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Unit Leader Guidebook: What information does the unit chair need?

Unit Chair Event Guide



  • Ensure your unit has a Scouting for Food coordinator as well as an additional group of helpers
  • Ensure your district Scouting for Food chair knows your unit is participating by registering your unit online at
  • Promote on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor. Get your Scouts and local community excited about this great opportunity to make a difference and help fight hunger in the Sam Houston Area Council!

January Roundtable

Before Hanger Distribution

  • Distribute territory instructions and safety guidelines to Scouts and drivers.
  • Ensure enough drivers are recruited for the Saturdays.
  • Divide your coverage maps into smaller areas to provide to each driver/Scout team.

Door Hanger Distribution Day

  • Scouts gather at assembly area, conduct instructional and safety briefing for all Scouts and drivers.
  • Pass out maps and driver instructions.
  • Deliver door hangers door to door.

Food Collection Day

  • Scouts gather at assembly area, conduct instructional and safety briefing for all Scouts and drivers.
  • Pass out maps and driver instructions.
  • Conduct the food collection for your territory.
  • Consolidate the food into as few vehicles as possible for transport to the drop off site
  • Calculate the food weight using the suggested formula and complete the unit collection report.
  • Deliver the food to the designated district drop off site
  • Contact your district Scouting for Food chair and report the number of pounds collected.

After Food Collection Day

  • Congratulate your Scouts on a job well done.
  • Scout leader logs in service hours at
  • The unit Scouting for Food chair collects patches at March roundtable, and distribute them at next unit meeting.

Unit Territory Instructions

  • Your unit should work its assigned territory only. It is crucial that you cover your assigned area thoroughly. Each year the council office receives calls from disappointed people whose homes are missed.
  • On boundary streets, collect on your side of the street only (unless given other instructions).
  • Skip apartment units with controlled access and "No Solicitation" rules. Scouts should not enter a building with multiple units, or a single entry that would allow a Scout to be out of sight from the street.
  • Collect from private homes only. Do not solicit from grocery stores or other commercial establishments.
  • Be certain Scouts are in full uniform, travel in groups of two or more, and are adequately supervised - this is especially true for Cub Scouts.
  • Door hangers should be distributed door-to-door beginning at 9:00 am. Place hangers on a door handle or between a storm door and entry door. Do not put them in mailboxes; it is against the law.
  • Food must be collected beginning at 9:00 am or later. Collect food from the same area where you distributed door hangers. Food should be turned in to your district collection station or local food pantry. Collection stations will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be supervised by Scouting volunteers.
  • If you have any questions, contact your district Scouting for Food chair or district professional.

Safety Guidelines

  • Do not go into unsafe areas or areas that you are not comfortable
  • Use the buddy system and be safety conscious.
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members (e.g., have one adult and two youth members in a group)
  • Use extreme caution when crossing streets.
  • Never to ride in the back of pick-ups or trailers
  • Never to enter a home
  • Do not enter fenced yards with dogs
  • Always wear safety belts while riding in a vehicle
  • Always make sure an adult accompanies all Scouts
  • Wear a Scout uniform
  • Be friendly and courteous to everyone.
  • Do not walk across lawns or flowerbeds. Use sidewalks.
  • Thank people even if they don't contribute.
  • Have fun with your fellow Scouts!

Reporting Service Hours and Collection Totals

On Saturday, after the collection is complete, please report service hours and the amount of food collected to the link above. The unit report can help collect the information that will need to be reported.

Unit Report

Information needed:

  • Unit type and number
  • Unit contact
  • Participation (number of Scouts, siblings, leaders, other adults)
  • Name of the organization where food was donated
  • Total hours of service (number of people volunteering times hours worked both weekends)
  • Type of service (food collection or food sorting)
  • Amount of food collected [number of items and pounds of food (pounds of food = number of cans and boxes x .8)]
  • Feedback
In which neighborhoods do we collect food?
Units should coordinate with their district Scouting for Food chair to determine where each of the district’s units will be collecting food. Coordinating with the district Scouting for Food chair should eliminate any confusion regarding overlapping coverage areas.
Where do we take the food we collect? (list of food pantries)


Name of Food Pantry\Bank



Aldine Pathfinder  See Lone Star    
Aquila  Braes Interfaith Ministries 4300 West Bellfort Ave., Houston, TX 77035  
Gethsemane Food Pantry 6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77074
Arrowhead 2nd Mile Ministries 1135 Hwy 90A, Missouri City TX 77489   
All Saints Lutheran Church 12111 W. Belfort St., Stafford TX 77477
House of Amos 8030 Boone Rd., Houston, TX 77072
My Brother's Keeper 12713A Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77099
Notre Dame Catholic Church 7720 Boone Rd., Houston, TX 77072
St. Justin Martyr 13350 Ashford Point Dr., Houston, TX 77082
Arrowmoon  Brazos Valley Food Bank. 1514 Shiloh Ave., Bryan, TX 77803   
Big Cypress  CAM (Cypress Assistance Ministries) 11202 Huffmeister, Houston, TX 77065   
Brahman  Blessing Cup Storehouse 507 Bruns St., El Campo, TX 77437   
Weimar We Can 506 West Main, Weimar, TX
Wharton County SHARE  229 W. Milam St., Wharton, TX
Brazos  Helping Hands 902 Collins Rd., Richmond, TX 77469   
Copperhead Houston Northwest Community Ctr. Food Pantry 16000 Rippling Waters Dr., Houston, TX. 77084   
David Crockett  Brenham Faith Mission 500 E. Academy St., Brenham, TX. 77833   
Bellville Food Pantry at Bellville UMC   234 S. Masonic St., Bellville, TX 77418
Hempstead Food Pantry 716 1st St., Hempstead, TX
Industry West End Food Pantry 1914 Main St.
Sealy Christian Food Pantry 530 6th St., Sealy, TX
Waller Assistance & Restoration (WARM) 40070 Bus Hwy 290, Waller, TX
Flaming Arrow  HAMM 1204 First St., Humble, TX 77338  
The Mission 22098 Loop 494, New Caney, TX 77357
George Strake  Conroe-Montgomery County Food Bank One Food For Life Way, Conroe, TX 77385  
Huntsville-Good Shepherd Mission 1005 Martin Luther King, Huntsville, TX
Interfaith 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Montgomery- Montgomery Methodist Church 22548 Highway 105 W., Montgomery, TX 77356
St. Vincent dePaul 109 N Frazier, Conroe, TX
Trinity Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry 407 N Robb, Trinity, TX 75862
Willis-TLC Food Pantry 110 West Montgomery St., Willis, TX
Iron Horse  Spring-Woodlands Ministries 810 E. Louetta Rd. Suites A-E, Spring, TX 77373   
Lone Star East Spring Branch Food Bank 7901 Westview, Houston, TX   
First Baptist Church North Houston 4422 Lauder Rd, Houston, TX 77039
Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry 3523 Beauchamp St., Houston, TX 77009
Manna Food Pantry 1806 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX 77018
Mission Greenspoint 11947 North Frwy, Houston, TX 77060
St. Andrews UMC- Society of St. Stephens Food Pantry 6235 Maybell St., Houston, TX 77091
Soaring Eagle  Cypress Assistance Ministries 11202 Huffmeister Rd., Houston, TX 77065   
Northwest Assistance Ministries 15555 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, TX 77090
St Anne Catholic Church 1111 S. Cherry, Tomball-TX 77375
Mustang  East Spring Branch Food Pantry 7901 Westview Dr., Houston, TX 77055   
Fair Haven United Methodist Church 1330 Gessner Dr., Houston, TX 77055
The Mission of Yahweh 10247 Algiers Rd., Houston, TX 77041
Orion  TEAM (Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries) 300 W. Main St., Tomball, TX 77377   
Phoenix Northwest Assistance Ministries 15555 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, Texas 77090   
Raven  Wooster Baptist Church 7007 Bayway Dr., Baytown, TX 77520   
San Jacinto  Bay Area Turning Point Shelter 210 S. Walnut St., Houston, TX 77062   
Clear Lake Food Pantry at Clear Lake Baptist Church 15700 Space Center Blvd.
Deer Park U.M.C. Food Pantry 1300 East 13th St., Deer Park, TX 77536
Interfaith Caring Ministries - Helping Hands Food Pantry 151 Park Ave., League City, TX 77573
Oakview Senior Housing Apts.-Happy Harbor National Church Residence 900 Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571
Parkgate Community Church 3715 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505
Ray of Light Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church 9601 W. Fairmont Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571
Society of St. Stephen's Food Pantry at Seabrook United Methodist Church 3300 Lakeside Dr., Seabrook, TX 77586
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry 300 FM 517 Rd E., Dickinson, TX 77539
Skyline  See Lone Star    
Soaring Eagle  Cypress Assistance Ministries 11202 Huffmeister Rd., Houston, TX 77065   
Northwest Assistance Ministries 15555 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, TX 77090
St. Anne Catholic Church 1111 S. Cherry, Tomball-TX 77375
Tall Timbers  See George Strake    
Texas Skies  Katy Christian Ministries 5504 First St. Katy, TX 77493   
Thunder Wolf  Holy Family Catholic Church 1510 5th St., Missouri City, TX 77489   
Sacred Heart Food Pantry 14307 TX-6, Rosharon, TX 77583
Bethel Ministries 3015 5th St., Stafford, TX 77477
Twin Bayou  Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) 3434 Branard, Houston, TX 77027   
W.L. Davis Blueridge UMC Food Pantry 2929 Reed Rd., Houston, TX 77051   
Brentwood Baptist 12033 Landmark, Houston, TX 77045
Cossaboom YMCA 7903 South Loop East, Houston, TX 7701
Houston Food Bank 535 Portwall St., Houston, TX
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist 12300 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77045
Manna House Food Pantry @ Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church 3826 Wheeler Ave., Houston, TX 77004
New Faith Baptist Church Food Pantry 4315 West Fuqua St., Houston, TX 77045
Windsor Village UMC Food Pantry 6011 W. Orem Dr., Houston, TX 77085
Do Scouts need to work both weekends in order to earn the Scouting for Food patch?
Scouts only need to participate in one of the two weekends for Scouting for Food (hanger drop off or food pick up). Scouts are encouraged to, participate both weekends. 
We can’t volunteer on either Saturday.  Is there another way to participate in Scouting for Food?
Yes, there is an option for units to help at the Houston Food Bank on Thursday, February TBD 2020, from 6:00-9:00 pm.  The Houston Food Bank is located at 535 Portwall St, Houston, TX 77029. Register online at by selecting the Scout Night volunteer shift. For more information, please click here or contact Rocio Rubio at 713-547-8651 or
Can volunteers other than Scouts and their parents participate in the food drive?
Yes, members of the entire family can participate in the food drive. Their participation is counted towards Journey to Excellence (JTE).
We dropped off the food at the food pantry.  What do we do now? 

After dropping off the food, the unit representative should report how many pounds of food were collected. The worksheet for calculating the amount of food collected is in the Unit Chair Guidebook

How do we submit Journey to Excellence service hours?
The council will submit your unit's service hours on the BSA Journey to Excellence website. 
When can we pick-up our Scouting for Food patches?
If a unit reports their participation on the day of food collection, patches should be available to units at the March roundtable. Delays in submissions will mean special arrangements will need to be made for a pick-up at a future roundtable.
Can we do food drives at other times of the year?
Yes, units can participate in individual or group food drives at other times of the year.  The food pantries will appreciate any donations provided. These service hours can be entered in Journey to Excellence so the unit receives credit for participating in a service project; however, Scouting for Food patches won’t be available for these collections.



For questions, contact your district Scouting for Food chair or district professional.



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