Central New Jersey Council Patch

Central New Jersey Council, BSA
Scouting for Food

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" encouraged 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.


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. 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.