Scouting for Food

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"And a Child Shall Lead Them"

We have all heard this verse before and roughly know what it means. Once again the youth of our community involved in Scouting will make November their month to publicly lead us in the lesson of helping others. Scouting For Food is a major program accomplishing two main points. First, to provide an opportunity for the youth demonstrate how valuable it is to help others. Secondly, to reach out and provide means to try to meet a real society need and get the whole community involved.

The Scouting for Food program is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Started in 1985 here in the St. Louis area, Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country. Did you know more than 43 million items have been collected since 1985?

Each year, our Scouts, leaders, and parents collect approximately two million items that serves approximately 500 pantries within the Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri, and southern Illinois. This annual collection meets a four-month demand for food. With your help we can try to expand that four months to five or six.

The youth spend two Saturdays of their time to make this program work and they need our participation to make it successful. The first Saturday is November 10th when the Scouts, Cubs and Venture members will cover the St Louis area with Scouting For Food bags promoting their program. We ask that you sincerely commit to helping the needs of others by participating in our program. If you do not find a bag at your door, or would like to give more than one bag, please use the bags from the grocery store and just place them out in the front yard or door step on Saturday Nov 17th when the youth will once again come back and collect the filled bags.

Each year the Brentwood community has been involved in this program. Our highest collect from within Brentwood has been 509 boxes of can goods. However, lately we have been only reaching 320 boxes. WE and the pantries could really use your participation to help IMPROVE this effort. We all know that times have been tough and the increasing demands they place on families and agencies trying to help improve these problems. The boys know that this program is worthy and they come out each year to make this program possible. Your generosity is the biggest difference in meeting this demand. Please will you participate and reach out to help the youth and the needy?

With so many canned food options on the store shelves, what items are best to donate to food drives such as Scouting for Food? The answer that Scouting wishes you to know is after consulting with numerous food pantry directors in the area and seeking nutrition advice from Roberta Larson Duyff, a local registered dietitian and author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 4th edition 2012, we compiled what we like to call the Perfect Bag. The Perfect Bag contains variety of nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups.

2 cans of hearty soup, stew or chili: Supplies many nutrients.
2 cans of tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam): Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
1 can of fruit: Supplies vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
1 can of 100 percent pure fruit or vegetable juice: Contains vitamin C and often beta carotene.
1 can of vegetables: Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
1 can of tomato or pasta sauce: Contains vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh.
1 canned meal: Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
1 can of beans, refried beans or lentils: Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
1 can of evaporated milk: Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.

THANK YOU for helping the youth and the needy in St Louis!

Scouting for food Saturday Nov 10th and 17th. Please follow our youth and participate.

Thank you

Andy Leahy

Jessie Hoagland November 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Thank you so much for posting! After many years of wondering exactly which combination of foods would be most appreciated, now I finally have an answer!


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