What is Scouting for Food?

Since 1986, Wellesley Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, 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 food collected goes directly to the Wellesley Food Pantry to help feed community members who rely on the Wellesley Food Pantry, including many children. As the Scouting for Food drive is the single biggest source of donated food to the 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?

Scouts distribute door hangers and flyers to Wellesley houses on a Saturday in later October or early November. The flyer will list items that the food pantry particularly needs and the donation pick-up date and time. Scouts will return to pick-up the donations one week later, also on a Saturday, and take them to the food pantry.

When is Scouting for Food?

Door hanger drop-off is Saturday, October 28, 2017. Donation pick up is Saturday, November 4, 2017. Scouts must deliver all of their collected donations to the Wellesley Food Pantry by 1:30pm.

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 attached to the door hanger. The food pantry CANNOT ACCEPT expired food, glass containers, perishables or Halloween candy.

If a Scout has left a door hanger at my house, when should I put out my donation and where should I put it?

Please bag your donation and leave it in a place which is easily visible from the street before 9:00am on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The Scout will not ring your doorbell, nor enter your house to ask for your donation.

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

Please call the phone number that the Scout has hopefully written on your door hanger and remind him/her to pick it up. You can also drop your donation at Roche Brothers or Whole Foods in the food pantry bin located near the checkout area. Alternatively, you can bring your donation to the Food Pantry (207 Washington St.) on Monday morning between 9:00 – 11:00am.

Who are the Scouting for Food Town Coordinators and what do they do?

Amy Fuller Boyd is the 2017 coordinator, who can be emailed at wellesleyscoutingforfood@gmail.com.

SFF Town Coordinators assign specific blocks of routes to each of the Wellesley Scouting Groups (Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, and Girl Scouts) by early/mid October, supply door hangers, and help promote the program.

SFF Town Coordinators try 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.

What does the Scouting Group leader do?

By the end of September (as soon as possible), each Scouting Group leader should email wellesleyscoutingforfood@gmail.com:

  1. The name(s) and email address(es) of their group’s Scouting for Food Coordinators.
  2. The number of routes their group would like to cover.
  3. The date of their October meeting.

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

  1. After receiving the block of specific routes from the SFF Town Coordinators, match Scouts to routes, taking care to give youngest Scouts the routes which are nearest their homes.
  2. By the weekend of October 21-22, download the flyer and make copies for every house in the block of routes.
  3. By the weekend of October 21-22, give each Scout his/her allotment of door hangers and flyers. Remind the Scouts to put their first names and phone numbers on each flyer.
  4. By the weekend of October 21-22, make sure that each scout has a copy of his/her route(s).

How are houses assigned?

Wellesley has been divided into 376 routes of roughly 20 houses each. Each route page contains a list of houses on that route and a map of their locations. A page for each specific route will be downloadable from the Wellesley Food Pantry website in mid October.  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 10-20 houses. Older Scouts will be given one, or possibly two, routes. Our goal is to have Scouts visit every house in town.

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. The downloadable (pdf) page for each route includes:

  1. A listing of the specific houses by street address
  2. Locations of those houses (with respect to cross streets)
  3. An appropriate section of the Wellesley zoning map with each house on the route labeled.

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

The flyer is available online here.

What does the Scout do before dropping off the donations?

  1. Makes sure he/she has a door hanger and a flyer for each house on his/her route(s).
  2. Downloads a map of his/her route(s), if needed.
  3. Writes his/her phone number and first name (only) on the flyer.

Do Scouts deliver door hangers to apartments, condos, or commercial buildings?

No, Scouts only go to single family residences.

Any tips for dropping-off door hangers?

Make sure that the door hanger and flyers are placed in a secure location – inside a screen door, attached to the door handle is best. Scouts should not ring doorbells, nor should they go inside buildings. Scouts are also not allowed to put the door hangers and flyers into mailboxes or through mail slots.

Where should Scouts take the donations?

Donations should be delivered to the Wellesley Food Pantry at the Wellesley Hills 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 Wellesley Food Pantry. Donations which are unable to be delivered to Wellesley Food Pantry by 1:30pm should be taken to Roche Brothers or Whole Foods Market and put in the food pantry box located near the checkout area, or brought to Wellesley Food Pantry (207 Washington St.) on Monday morning between 9:00 – 11:00am.

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

Scouts should pick-up donations between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017. All donations must be delivered to Wellesley Food Pantry by 1:30 pm.

Please do not drop-off donations at the pantry after 1:30 pm, as the sorting volunteers will have left by then. There are volunteers who will be working later at the food pantry on that day, but they will only be doing final sorting and clean up.

Please note, although the instructions on the flyer ask that people not donate food in glass jars, there are often glass containers in the donations. Scouts should be careful with donation bags so any glass inside does not break.

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

It is the Scout’s responsibility to find someone to help if he/she is unable to drop off the door hangers and/or pick up the donations. Scouts are encouraged to work together to cover all the houses on their routes. Sometimes one Scout has dropped off the door hangers and another Scout has picked up the donations. 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 that works best for their groups!