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Scouting for Food

Important Dates:

Bag Distribution Day
November 11, 2017
Bag Collection Day
November 18, 2017

How It Works:

The campaign is launched on “Bag Distribution Day” (11/11/17) when Scouts distribute plastic bags to residences. The Scouts return to residences on the following week, “Bag Collection Day,” (11/18/17)to retrieve the bags filled with donated non-perishable items.

If you do not receive a Scouting For Food bag or your bag is missed on November 18, consider taking your food donations to a firehouse collection point or a local food pantry in your area.

Firehouse Locations | Food Pantry Locations 

You can also take non-perishable and canned food donations to any Goodwill store location Nov. 19-25.

In the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, the items are boxed and sent to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for distribution. Outside of the city and county, the donated items are distributed directly to pantries.

Within 48 hours of the Scouts’ collection, donations are on pantry shelves ready to feed the hungry.


Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the St. Louis region. Started in 1985 by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country.

More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers annually help the needy as they collect approximately 2 million cans of food during the Scouting for Food drive. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has collected more than 55 million cans of food during the 32-year history of the drive.

Scouts in the St. Louis area take donations to fire stations where Scout leaders sort and box the food. Sunset Transportation Inc. of Sunset Hills provides vehicles, equipment, volunteer drivers and solicit the assistance of additional volunteers from trucking companies. Sunset Transportation coordinates all logistics for the food collection, which involves transporting boxed food from more than 40 area fire stations to the Foodbank. The Foodbank distributes the canned goods to more than 500 area food pantries.