Scouting for Food

2017 Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food – December 2016

Thank you to all the volunteers, the National Guard, Scouts, and units that assisted with this year’s Scouting for Food Food Drive. Due to your help, families and individuals served by the food pantry at Feeding South Dakota, local community food pantries, and Love Inc. will not go hungry this holiday season.

Please remember to log your service hours in the online reporting tool. If you need assistance, please give the Scout Service Center a call at 605-342-2824.

Scouting for Food – August 2017

Dawn Baker of Troop 44 has been selected and has agreed to serve as the Council Civic Service Chair effective immediately. Dawn will be responsible for encouraging units to participate in service projects, educate and assist units in service hour reporting, and most important, chairing our annual Scouting for Food – Food Drive.

With the separation of Scouting for Food from the KOTA Care & Share program, this allows us to move forward with some changes.

  • The last two Saturdays in August have been selected for the 2017 Scouting for Food – Food Drive. Please mark these dates on your calendars
  • The month of August has more favorable weather to do an outdoor food drive than December or early Spring. Safety for Scouts and other volunteers is paramount.
  • Feeding South Dakota and local pantries typically need donations that time of the year
  • This date allows our Food Drive to partner with other area organizations and events to grow the Food Drive to amounts not seen before.

Looking for Volunteers

Finally, we are looking for volunteers to serve on the committee. Committee members of the Council Civic Service Committee will assist in building relationships with other organizations, assist in the organization and operation of the Scouting for Food – Food Drive, and help to grow the Food Drive so we can give even more back to our area communities. If interested, send Dawn Baker an email at

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Scouting for Food is Happening!

The Scouting for Food – Food Drive is on for December! We need Scouting units, church groups, and other organizations to help with this vital Black Hills food drive.

A Growing Need

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, and other organizations must carry on the tradition of service, and plan to give back to our community. The Feeding South Dakota Food Bank estimates that one out of eight people are food insecure. And, the need is growing every day. Through Scouting for Food, we have the opportunity to help alleviate this need.

Last year alone, over 65,000 pounds of food was collected throughout the Black Hills on a single Saturday, making this one of the largest food drives in the region. We need your help this year to collect even more food as the need for food continues to grow every day.


Check out our dedicated web page with a leader’s guide, key dates, and a map listing all the areas, for Rapid City, that your unit can sign-up for. This year, there is a sign-up form that will need to be filled out online to reserve an area. Areas will be reserved on a first come, first-serve basis.

Communities other than Rapid City, should call the Scout Service Center to register your unit with the Scouting for Food -Food Drive. Our phone number is 605-342-2824. These communities include; Hot Springs, Custer, Hill City, Spearfish, Deadwood/Lead, Sturgis, Summerset, and Piedmont.

Bags for the food drive will be available for pickup after November 21, 2016 at the Scout Service Center. Please contact the Scout Service Center with any questions you may have.

Check out our dedicated Scouting for Food page at

Scout Service Center
144 North Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

THANK YOU for participating in this vital community initiative and service project!!!

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