Thursday, November 27, 2008

Answer To a Question

Charlotte left a comment:

Today was the Scouting for Food drive here locally. I set my bag out with mostly canned meat products in it. It sat on the porch all day and no Scout came near it to collect it. I saw a forlorn bag on a neighbor's porch as well. It bugs me that the Scouts can drop off the bag but can't come back a week later to get the donation. I try to help but ... This is not the first time this has happened. The Girl Scouts are just as bad when they ask for toiletries for the shelters. I bag them up, set them out and at the end of the day bring them back in.

Charlotte, and anyone else who has had the same experience, call the scout council office and let them know. They may not be able to do anything right away, but they need to be aware. You can also call your regional food bank and ask where the nearest pantry is located so that you can drop the food there.

For what it's worth, my food bank no longer receives any of the Scouting for Food donations, by design. Our troops and packs are each connected with one or more emergency pantries (where the actual food distribution takes place) and they take the food directly there.

We've had a number of individuals drop their donations at our food bank because the scouts didn't pick it up.


I'm a girl scout, and we do a food drive. My troop really tries to get all the houses on our route, but sometimes that can get hard. Sometimes we just forget a street. Lots of times no one will have signed up for your neighborhood (in my service unit, this generally means that they ask each troop as they deliver cans to go back and do another route. I've gone on several extra runs). If you put your bag out in the middle of the morning, they might have already been and gone. Also, they could have just missed it when driving by. Sometimes you don't realize it, but your bag is really hard to see, or looks just like a newspaper bag, and the girls just go on by. In my area, our major collection spots are at a certain chain of grocery stores, so each store has a box where people can bring their cans. I don't know if you guys do that, but you might want to check. Thanks for helping out, I know the food banks are really struggling now!
Just a note for the other side -- my neighborhood's Boy Scouts DID come back. In the rain.

Elizabeth D
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