Scouting For Food

 

signup_smallWelcome to the home page for the Wellesley Scouting for Food Drive - all the information about this important Scouting project is available here.

** Bag drop off on Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Bag pick up on Saturday, November 8, 2014 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM (Deliver to the Pantry before 1:30 PM)
** A slideshow (suitable for elementary scouts and older) describes how the Scouting for Food Drive helps the Food Pantry.

Thank you so much to all the scouts and residents who participated in the Scouting for Food drive last year. Thirty-one scouting groups, of all ages from Daisies and Brownies and Cub Scouts to High School Eagle Scouts, and from every school district in town participated. The scouts visited almost 7400 Wellesley residents and collected about 526 banana boxes of food for the Pantry, which was sorted and boxed by over 230 volunteers (including many scouts and parents) on the day of the food collection. Cynthia Scott, the Director of the Food Pantry had this to say: "The Food Pantry is so grateful to all who made this day possible. Many thanks to all the scouts, volunteers, and food donors who have assured that we will have enough food to see us through the holidays." Please visit the Food Pantry website to learn more.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs):

 

Photos by David Moy and Bruce MacKinnon

For everyone:
What is Scouting for Food?
How does Scouting for Food work?
When is Scouting for Food?
For those being asked to donate food:
What does the Wellesley Food Pantry need? What should we avoid?
If a Scout has left a bag at my house, when should I put out the bag and where should I put it?
What should I do if no one has picked up my bag?
For Scouts and Scouting leadership:
Who is the Scouting for Food Town Coordinator?
How are houses assigned?
How many houses will each Scout visit?
What do the Scouting for Food Town Coordinators do?
What does the Scouting Group leader do?
What do the Scouting for Food Coordinators for each Scouting Group do?
What does the Scout do before dropping off the bags?
How can Scouts get a copy of the Food Pantry flyer?
How can Scouts download their route(s)?
Do Scouts drop bags at apartments, condos, or commercial buildings?
Any tips for dropping off bags?
What time should Scouts pick up the bags and when should they deliver them to the Food Pantry?
Where should Scouts take the bags?
What should a Scout do if unable to drop off and/or pick up his bags?

What is Scouting for Food?

Since 1986, Wellesley Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts have participated in Scouting's National Good Turn - the Scouting for Food program. Our Scouts join three million other scouts nationwide to collect food to feed the hungry. All the food we collect will go to the Wellesley Food Pantry to help feed those in our community who rely on the Pantry, currently over 230 Wellesley families (more than 500 individuals including 184 children). As the Scouting for Food drive is the single biggest source of donated food to the Wellesley Food Pantry each year, we need everyone in the community to help! We thank you all in advance for your generosity, both to those donating food and those making sure it gets to the Food Pantry.

How does Scouting for Food work?

The Scouts will drop empty plastic grocery bags from Roche Brothers and a flyer from the Food Pantry at Wellesley houses on Saturday, October 26. They will return to pick up these bags the following week on Saturday, November 2. We ask everyone who receives a bag to fill it with food for the Wellesley Food Pantry. The flyer will have a list of items that the Wellesley Food Pantry particularly needs.

When is Scouting for Food?

Bag drop off is Saturday, November 1, 2014. Bag pick up is Saturday, November 8, 2014 after 9 AM and before 1 PM. Please get the food to the Pantry before 1:30 PM.

What does the Wellesley Food Pantry need? What should we avoid?

Every year, the Food Pantry makes a list of specific foods and supplies that are needed in greatest demand and this list is printed on a flyer that will be inside the plastic Roche Brothers grocery bag.  This year, the list includes canned meats and fish, beef stew, ravioli, canned tomatoes, baked beans, cereal, macaroni and cheese, plain brown or white rice, hearty chicken or beef soup, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly, coffee, mayonnaise and vegetable oil. Laundry detergent, bar soap, toilet paper, and paper towels are also requested. The Food Pantry cannot accept expired food, food in glass containers, or food that is perishable. They would also like to avoid donations of Halloween candy.

If a Scout has left a bag at my house, when should I put out the bag and where should I put it?

Please leave the bag in a place which is visible from the street before 9 AM on Saturday, November 8 . The Scout who left the bag should return to pick it up between 9 AM and 1 PM. The Scout will not ring your doorbell nor enter your house. The empty bags will be recycled at the RDF.

What should I do if no one has picked up my bag?

Please call the phone number that the Scout has written on your flyer and remind him/her to pick it up. You can also drop the bag at Roche Brothers or Whole Foods in the Wellesley Food Pantry box located near the checkout area, or bring the bag to the Food Pantry (207 Washington St.) on Monday morning between 9-11 AM.

Who is the Scouting for Food Town Coordinator?

Rula Salameh: rula.salameh27@yahoo.com

How are houses assigned?

Wellesley has been divided into 376 routes of roughly 20 houses each. A page for each specific route will be downloadable from the Troop 185 website in early to mid October. Each route page contains a list of houses on that route and a map of their locations. Routes rather than territories are the basis for assigning houses to scouts, making the yearly allocation of houses much more flexible.

How many houses will each Scout visit?

Each elementary school Scout will be responsible for about one-half to one route (or about 10-20 houses), depending on the requests of his or her Scout leader. Older Scouts will be given one or possibly two routes. If routes are still unassigned, Scouts will be asked to volunteer for those remaining routes. Our goal is to have the Wellesley Scouts visit almost each house in town.

What do the Scouting for Food Town Coordinators do?

(1) Assign specific blocks of routes to each of the Wellesley Scouting Groups (Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scouts) by early/mid October.
(2) If all routes have not been assigned, post the unassigned routes on the Troop 185 website by mid October and ask for volunteers to cover additional routes.
(3) Give plastic bags to each Scouting for Food Coordinator before October 24.

What does the Scouting Group leader do?

By the end of September (as soon as possible), each Scouting Group leader should report to Rula Salameh at rula.salameh27@yahoo.com
(1) The number of members who will be participating in Scouting for Food.

(2) The name(s) and email address(es) of their Scouting for Food Coordinators.

(3) The number of routes that group would like to cover.

What do the Scouting for Food Coordinators for each Scouting Group do?

(1) Verify the total number of scouts participating in Scouting for Food by October 11.

 (2) If Scouts are in Grades K-5, give Rula the breakdown of the group by elementary school district, also by October 11. This will help ensure that Rula will be able to give elementary age Scouts routes near their homes. Older scouts will not necessarily be given home territory. No scout is guaranteed to get the route on which his or her house is located. Routes are assigned on a "first come, first served" basis for the elementary age Scouts, so the Scouting for Food Coordinators should get their information to Rula as soon as possible.

(3) After receiving the block of specific routes from Rula by mid October, match Scouts to routes, taking care to give youngest Scouts the routes which are nearest their homes. There should be no need to tinker with the routes or count houses as in the past, which should greatly reduce the time needed for this job.

(4) Encourage Scouts to volunteer for more routes, particularly if additional scouts have joined the group. Send specific route requests to Rula Salameh at rula.salameh27@yahoo.com by October 18.

(5) By the weekend of October 25-26, download the Scouting for Food flyer and makes copies for every house in his/her block of routes.

(6) By the weekend of October 25-26, give each Scout his/her allotment of plastic bags and Scouting for Food flyers. Remind the Scouts to put their first names and phone numbers on each flyer. 

(7) By the weekend of October 25-26, make sure that each scout has a copy of his/her route(s), which are also downloadable from the Troop 185 website.

What does the Scout do before dropping off the bags?

(1) Makes sure he/she has a bag and Scouting for Food flyer for each house on his/her route(s).

(2) Downloads a map of his/her route(s) if the Scouting for Food Coordinator has not given him one.

(3) Writes his/her phone number and first name (only) on the flyer.

How can Scouts get a copy of the Food Pantry flyer?

The flyer is now available and it can easily be downloaded and printed.

How can Scouts download their route(s)?

After blocks of routes have been assigned, the list of routes will be posted on this website. Next to each route will be an indication of which Scouting Group is responsible for covering it. A downloadable (pdf) page for each route will also be available, which will include: (1) a listing of the specific houses by street address, (2) locations of those houses (with respect to cross streets) and (3) an appropriate section of the Wellesley zoning map with each house on the route labeled. Unassigned routes (if any) will also be posted so that Scouts may volunteer for specific additional routes.

Do Scouts drop bags at apartments, condos, or commercial buildings?

No, Scouts only go to single family residences.

Any tips for dropping off bags?

Last year it was quite windy on the day the bags were dropped off and some bags and flyers ended up as litter in people's yards. Make sure that the bag/flyer is placed in a secure location - inside a screen door, tied to the door handle is best. It may be useful for the Scouts to bring some rubber bands with them to help attach the bags to doors. Scouts should not ring doorbells nor should they go inside buildings. Scouts are also not allowed to put the bags into mailboxes or through mail slots.

What time should Scouts pick up the bags and when should they deliver them to the Food Pantry?

Scouts should pick up bags after 9 AM and before 1 PM on Saturday, November 2. The earlier a Scout is able to get the donated food to the Pantry, the better. Please do not drop off the food at the Pantry after 1:30 PM as the sorting volunteers will have left by then. (Although there are volunteers who will be working later at the Pantry on November 2nd, they will only be doing final sorting and clean up). But Scouts should also not pick up bags before 9 AM; if they do, some bags on their route(s) will probably be missed. Although the instructions on the handout ask that people not donate food in glass jars, there are always glass containers which end up in the food donations.  The Scouts should be careful with the donations bags so any glass inside does not break.

Where should Scouts take the bags?

Bags of food should be delivered to the Food Pantry at the Wellesley Congregational Church at 207 Washington St. (Route 16 near Route 9) no later than 1:30 PM. Scouts dropping off food should either get in line along the curb outside the Food Pantry entrance, where there will be volunteers available to help unload cars OR plan to park in the Congregational Church parking lot to the left and carry the food into the Pantry. Food which is unable to be delivered to the Food Pantry by 1:30 PM should be taken to Roche Brothers and put in the Food Pantry box located near the checkout area, or brought to the Food Pantry (207 Washington St.) on Monday morning between 9-11 AM.

What should a Scout do if unable to drop off and/or pick up his or her bags?

It is very important that each Scout pick up at every house where he/she dropped off a bag. In past years, we have had streets where nobody came to pick up the filled bags.  This does not help the Food Pantry, and it doesn't help the Scout image. It is the Scout's responsibility to find someone to help if he is unable to drop off the bags and/or pick them up. It is permissible for two (or more) scouts to work together to cover all the houses in their territories. Sometimes one scout has dropped off the bags and his/her partner has picked them up. Sometimes Scouts do multiple routes as a group. As long as all houses are covered, Scouting for Food Coordinators can choose whatever method of dropping off and picking up bags works best for their groups.

Last updated 10/8/14 AWR