Scouting For Food

“To help other people at all times…”

Scouting for Food is an annual community service event which takes place throughout Buffalo Trail Council. Next year’s collection date will be Saturday, January 16th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. All Scout units are strongly encouraged to participate in full class A uniforms. This event demonstrates to our community how much we as Scouts and Scouters stand behind the principals of good citizenship and doing a good turn daily.

Jay Hendricks

The 2016 Council Scouting for Food Chairman is Jay Hendricks, Anchor for CBS 7

One of the core elements of the Scouting program is giving back to our neighbors and the people in our communities through a variety of different service opportunities. Each time we recite the Scout Oath, we’re reminded that we are to do this at all times. Scouting for Food (SFF) is a wonderful chance to let our friends, neighbors, and other citizens throughout the Permian Basin know that we are a vibrant and active organization that delivers its promise.

Our local newspapers, radio and television stations will be involved in publicizing this newsworthy event. It’s all for a good cause and every bit of food and every dollar collected goes directly to West Texas Food Bank which is always in great need of replenishing their shelves right after the holidays.

MCH Health System 2C smBags for food pick will be made available to Scout units in December to prepare for the January collection. A special thanks to Medical Center Health System for sponsoring the printing of our special collection bags.

Packs and Troops often have their own special food collection “parties” at Pack or Troop meetings and sometimes give incentives for the most cans of food, greatest weight collected, etc. There are a many things that can be done to encourage the food collection.

Each district has a different Scouting For Food collection for food. These are the projected locations for 2016:

Comanche Trails: ODESSA: Albertsons, 4950 E. 42nd St., ANDREWS: Porter’s Thriftway, 1201 North Main Street

Chaparral: HEB, 3325 W. Wadley Ave., Midland

Lone Star: HEB, 2000 S. Gregg St., Big Spring

Big Bend: Porter’s Thriftway, 104 North 2nd Street, Alpine

Results from 2015:

We significantly exceeded our goal to collect 10,000 pounds of food for the West Texas Food Bank. Here are the specifics by collection location:

  • Midland – 1,896 pounds
  • Odessa – 4,875 pounds
  • Big Spring – 1,970 pounds
  • Andrews – 1,910 pounds


For more information, please contact your district’s Scouting for Food Coordinator, Scouting professional or Aaron Bedell at (432) 570-7601.


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