Scouting for Food is the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s largest one-day food drive.
Each year, over 30,000 Boy Scouts, parents, and volunteers collect food from all parts of the St. Louis area.
For hundreds of area households, Scouting for Food simply means placing a food donation on their porch one Saturday in November.
For the Boy Scouts and volunteers, Scouting for Food means picking up and sorting those donations all over St. Louis, so they can be brought to the Foodbank.
For the St. Louis Area Foodbank, Scouting for Food means our largest one-day food drive. It means over 2 million items to be distributed to our neighbors in need. It means a full warehouse of food to send to our partner pantries and soup kitchens. Scouting for Food is a one-day event that shows us just how impactful community support can be.
Here’s what the one-day food drive looks like at the St. Louis Area Foodbank:
Last year we distributed over 520,000 meals to our neighbors in need thanks to the communities donations for Scouting for Food.
Thank you for your support in the past years. We hope you’ll be able to participate on November 19th by placing your donation on your front porch to be collected.
Over the summer, Shop ‘n Save used a variety of means to collect food and funds for the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Seeking to address food insecurity over the summer months, the grocery chain organized the “Wipe Out Summer Hunger” campaign. The campaign ran from June through August and included tie-ins to the Slide the City event, a management team-building challenge and help from some of their loyal vendors. When it was all said and done, Shop ‘n Save employees, their customers and vendors raised $55,175 worth of food and funds to feed hungry people in our region!
The Summer Campaigns
In April, Shop ‘n Save store managers from around the area gathered at their headquarters in Kirkwood for the announcement of the “Wipe Out Summer Hunger” campaign. They also took part in a training exercise with business consultant Mark Jewell. Mark split the managers into smaller groups and gave each group $20 and challenged them to multiply their money 10 times over, in a matter of hours. The group far exceeded that goal and ended up raising $9,410 that was all donated to the Foodbank.
From June through August, Shop ‘n Save customers were able to purchase pre-packaged “Wipe Out Summer Hunger” bags of food as a donation to the Foodbank. This campaign brought in nearly $25,000 in food donations!
Slide the City was an event held July 11 and 12. It was a hot and humid weekend, which drove residents downtown by the thousands. Slide the City made a $60 donation for each volunteer that the Foodbank secured. Over the course of the two day event, 148 volunteers helped check-in sliders, hand out innertubes and help sliders get down the 1,000 foot slip ‘n slide. Nearly half those volunteers were Shop ‘n Save employees.
It All Comes Together in a Big Way
On Wednesday, October 8, a convoy of five trucks departed from the SuperValu Distribution Center in Hazelwoodand delivered enough food and funds to help the Foodbank provide 220,000+ meals to our neighbors in need. Staff members from both the Foodbank and Shop ‘n Save welcomed the trucks to our warehouse in Earth City. Among the various staff members, Frank Finnegan, president and CEO of the Foodbank, chatted with Eric Hymas, banner president of Shop ‘n Save about the collaborative efforts to feed the bi-state region.
In addition to their efforts over the summer, our drivers regularly pick up food from 37 area Shop ‘n Save stores every week. In the last year alone, they donated 2.7 million pounds of food through that program.
The food and funds delivered to the Foodbank last week are an encouraging sign of the support our community provides.
We are so grateful for great partners like Shop ‘n Save!
May 9, 2015 | 3 Hour Shifts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Area Post Offices
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.
We need volunteers to help pick-up, sort and package the food at Post Offices around St. Louis.
While we may live in the land of plenty, more than one in five children in America does not know where their next meal will come from.
This “food insecurity” often goes hand-in-hand with childhood obesity. Disrupted meal patterns, stressful home situations, and an overall lack of access to nutritious foods contribute to both epidemics.
When kids aren’t well-nourished, they are much more likely to experience health and developmental issues, and struggle with poor academic performance and behavioral problems. Read more
Before she took a job at Whole Foods Market in August 2012, Lisa Frumhoff struggled to make ends meet as a self-employed real estate agent.
In 2009, the Mizzou grad and University City native found herself in need of food assistance.
“Jewish Family & Children Services was there to help me through those times,” Frumhoff said. “The food pantry at JFCS was always packed back then with all kinds of people. I was delighted to find out last week that the St. Louis Area Foodbank provides food to JFCS.”
Now, in her role as a customer service team member and personal shopper at Whole Foods Market – Galleria in Brentwood, Frumhoff found herself in a position to help others in need.
During the Whole Foods Market’s “Feed 4 More” program, Frumhoff joined cashiers from across the Midwest in asking customers if they’d like to donate to local hunger relief efforts.
By the time Feed 4 More ended in December, Frumhoff had collected more donations from customers than any other cashier in the 45 stores in the Midwest Region.
She alone raised a whopping $7,003 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank!
The two local Whole Foods Market locations – Galleria and Town & Country – raised a total of $40,331.59 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Since the Foodbank can provide four meals with every dollar donated to the organization, the “Feed 4 More” program helped provide more than 160,000 meals for hungry families in our region.
The Midwest region overall raised an amazing $650,000 for hunger relief charities.
Frumhoff and Whole Foods Market representatives visited the St. Louis Area Foodbank on January 16. After their tour, Frumhoff said seeing the fruits of her labor was “truly one of my top five magical moments.”
“For the first time since our fundraising efforts, I truly got the impact of my efforts, the impact of our efforts, and all the generous customers,” Frumhoff said.
In November and December, Frumhoff and her counterparts across the region asked each customer if they’d like to donate to local hunger relief.
“I’d say ‘we’re raising money for the St. Louis food bank and every $5 feeds a family of four for the day,’” Frumhoff said.
Whole Foods Market reps say their customers were incredibly receptive.
“I feel blessed to have been in a position to make such a difference, just by asking people and giving them the choice,” Frumhoff said. “I asked at least 95% of the people who came through my line.”
Frumhoff says that the Feed 4 More program has made her realize the value of fundraising for a good cause.
“I’ve discovered my passion for fundraising and helping feed the hungry,” Frumhoff says.
She set a personal goal to raise $7,000. In the end, she surpassed her goal by $3.
“When I was fundraising for the last two months, I often shared my story of using the food pantries, myself,” Frumhoff said. “My desire to raise as much as possible came from a deep desire to have healthier food offered in food pantries. I know it costs more, because I spend any money I can, leftover from bills, to pay more for healthier food.”
Frumhoff has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She says her education and career history make it easy for her to relate to the thousands of individuals who work hard, but still have trouble providing food for their families.
After touring the Foodbank and seeing firsthand the volume of food we distribute, Frumhoff said, “down to my bones, I’ve been profoundly moved, touched and inspired.”
Thanks to Frumhoff and all the team members at the Whole Foods Market – Galleria location, they raised the fourth most funds among all the participating stores in the Midwest region during the Feed 4 More campaign.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is grateful to Frumhoff and all the staff and customers at both our local Whole Foods Markets for their dedication to hunger relief.
By Bethany Prange
Communications Coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank
Thanks to your hard work – and the overwhelming generosity of St. Louis city and county residents – we brought in a HUGE amount of food in the 2013 Scouting for Food drive!
So far, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has collected 688,126 pounds of food since the scouts starting pick up food on Nov. 16, 2013. That’s a whopping 55,111 more pounds than last year, and we’re still counting! Additional donations will be either picked up and/or delivered over the next week or two, so our grand total will be even higher!
Across the bi-state region, the results were just as astounding! According to the Post-Dispatch, “more than 2.1 million food items were collected by participants in the annual Scouting for Food drive in the St. Louis area and parts of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.”
“It was the most collected since 2008, when 2.2 million items were gathered, said Christine Dieckmann, a spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater St. Louis Area Council.”
This guest post is by Tracy A. Barfield, PAS, Novus Global Marketing Communications Executive Manager
I like to help and I believe in giving back. As a result I get roped into committees, like the Food Drive Committee. And, because I simply can’t help myself I start saying things like, “What was last year’s goal?” “Why can’t we beat that?” and getting all pushy and driving to topics like employee engagement and participation in helping our community and keeping it in line with our vision at Novus. And if you are looking for ways to get past “giving fatigue” and meet your goals with a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event I have some ideas for you.
Keep it inclusive and invite committee members from all parts of your organization. We have great success when we get representatives from Accounting, Marketing, Legal, Research, Operations, etc. all working cross functionally together and more creative ideas are generated by getting folks out of their daily roles.
Set a realistic goal. Lofty objectives beyond the capabilities of your giving base actually serve as a disincentive potential volunteers and givers. We took our total goal and broke it down in $20 increments for giving suggestions. Our total goal for the 2013 Food Drive was $4,000 from employee giving.
Make it personal. We chose the St. Louis Area Foodbank because of all the good it does in our local area. The St. Louis Area Foodbank began serving the community in 1975. It has grown into the bi-state region’s largest nonprofit 501c3 food distributions center dedicated to feeding those in need.
Independence from Summer Hunger– The St. Louis Area Foodbank had recently reported that 148,730 children in the local bi-state region were at risk of summer hunger due to the lack of subsidized school meals during the months of summer vacation. The Novus Food Drive Committee took that message to heart and focused the entire theme of our giving efforts on “Independence from Summer Hunger.”
Thinking Globally/ Acting Locally —Statement of Opinion/Solution—
We’re fortunate to work for a company that has a well-defined vision To help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life. The Food Drive ties directly to our global thinking, while enabling us to act locally to help the communities where we are headquartered.
From June 25th through July 9th Novus International headquarters employees gave over $4,000 in monetary contributions and 69 lbs. of food donations surpassing our goal. That translated to 37,444 for the bi-state region, when the Novus match was added in to total $10,000 donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
It’s simple, really. –For more ways to help out the St. Louis Area Foodbank check out www.STLFoodbank.org and start a food drive or fundraiser of your own. The focused contribution of a workforce together can make a world of difference on hunger in our community. I love that we surpassed our goal, and would love to hear stories from other organizations on how they help too.
By Tracy Barfield, PAS, Novus Global Marketing Communications Executive Manager
Volunteering at a massive one-day food drive like Stamp Out Hunger is a sure-fire way to discover food items you may not have known existed!
Sure, we get lots and lots of pantry staples like canned veggies, macaroni and cheese, and soup. And we’re certainly grateful for every single item that is donated by our generous community.
But it’s the unusual items that delight and entertain our volunteers as they sort the food at each post office.
At the South County Post Office, volunteers were touched by the St. Louis County resident who donated a jar of spaghetti sauce neatly taped to a coordinating box of pasta.
In Kirkwood, volunteers at the post office were charmed by handwritten thank yous to letter carriers stapled to the bags of food.
Stamp Out Hunger is an annual event that takes place across the nation on the second Saturday in May.
Here in St. Louis, this drive mobilizes not just letter carriers and post office staff, but also St. Louis Area Foodbank employees, pantry staff, community volunteers, high school students and local businesses.
Weeks before the drive, volunteers at the Foodbank neatly folded the plastic bags and attached them to the Stamp Out Hunger reminder cards. From there, we relied on the hard work of letter carriers to deliver them.
With all of our collective efforts, we collected 232,842 pounds of food last Saturday, and there’s still more food rolling in!
With the support of the generous residents of St. Louis city and county, the Foodbank has received 10,000 more pounds than we did from the 2012 drive!
Thanks to all who helped make this drive a success!