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Scouting for food/Walk and Knock

Join us for this Community service event December 5, 2020

A Scout who helps those in need will develop kindness, compassion and a lifetime need to make a difference in the world.

An annual tradition since 1986, Scouting for Food rallies Scouts across the nation to collect food for local food banks.

Cascade Pacific Council Scouts will hit the streets on the first Saturday in December to collect food for the hungry and provide it to specific local food banks throughout the greater Northwest. Food banks will be accepting non-perishable, unexpired food. Other ideas include monetary donations or gift cards.

In Clark County and Cowlitz County, Washington, the entire community gathers for a Walk and Knock. Please check the 2020 policies for Walk and Knock at http://walkandknock.org.

2020 has come with many challenges, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t still give back to our community at a time where even more people are in need. Scouting for Food will look different this year, so please use the following guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Scroll down below the table for Scouting for Food FAQ’s.

Unit Coordinator

We suggest one person/family in each unit be the unit SFF coordinator. This person will be in charge of organizing each family within their own neighborhood to put out flyers and collect food. This person will need to set up a drop off area for the rest of the families (i.e. someone’s house, church parking lot where unit meets). Once all the donations are collected, the Unit Coordinator will need to follow the safety protocols listed below for their specific drop site. In order to limit the amount of people going to the Food Banks, we ask that the Unit Coordinator and their family be the only ones contacting them and dropping off the donations. Many Food Banks will require you to make an appointment.


Family-centered collections

Each family in the unit will be assigned a specific area in their neighborhood or the neighborhood near where they meet. This area should be covered by the same family for both dropping off of flyers and picking up donations. Once donations are collected, families will need to drop them off at the designated location given to them by the Unit Coordinator.


Flyers

Each unit will be responsible to print out flyers and distribute in their designated area (again, each family should work one section and stick with that section). Flyers are not required but may be found useful. Click here for SFF flyer.


Safety first

If your families would rather donate themselves and not canvas a neighborhood, please allow this option as well. Remember, we are committed to keeping everyone healthy and safe and, at the same time, taking care of those families that are most in need.

Below is a list of locations that are accepting donations this year and any special requirements they may have for dropping those donations off. If you know of a site that could use the donations but is not on this list, please call ahead and make sure you are following their proper health and safety procedures. Drop site locations will be updated daily.

Sort Donations

PLEASE SORT THROUGH DONATIONS AND REMOVE ITEMS WITH EXPIRED OR ITEMS NEARING EXPIRATION BEFORE DELIVERING DONATIONS TO PANTRIES. If pantries get caught by the Department of Agriculture inspectors with expired items they can be shut down. 

Key Contacts

Jennifer Mooney
Cub Scout Camping & Program Director
jennifer.mooney@scouting.org

Carrie Hutchcraft
Program Assistant
carrie.hutchcraft@scouting.org

Scouting for Food Drop Sites

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CityOrganizationAddressOrg. CityStateZip CodeContact NameContact PhoneCovid Policy
ClatskanieTurning Point Community Service Center2020 E Columbia River HwyClatskanieOR97016Kelly Miller360-593-8294Starting at 10:00AM please call Kelly at 360-593-8294 to coordinate drop off. All food donations accepted but yams, potatoes (boxed, canned or fresh) and stuffing are at the top of the list to round out holiday boxes. Must wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
RainierHope of Rainier404 E "A" StreetRainierOR97048Kelly Miller360-593-8294Open 9:00AM - 12:00PM. There will be a station outside. Wear masks.
St. HelensColumbia-Pacific Food Bank474 Milton Way #BSt. HelensOR97051Renee Shelby503-397-9708Open 10:00AM-1:00PM. Pull into bay to unload. Wear masks.
AlbanyFISH of Albany1035 SE 2nd Ave.AlbanyOR97321Office541-928-4460Not open on weekends. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Monetary donations also accepted. Wear masks.
SalemTable of Plenty at Queen of Peace Catholic Church4227 Lone Oak Road SESalemOR97306Julie Rohwer503-931-7720Open 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Please call if you would like to schedule another time to drop off. Wear masks. No more than ten in the building.
TigardSt. Anthony's Catholic Church/St. Vincent de Paul9905 SW McKenzie St.TigardOR97223Office503-639-4179 ext. 111 or info@satigard.orgOpen 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Wear masks. Monetary donations also accepted. Please place in sealed envelope with tape.
TigardTigard Methodist Church Bethlehem House of Bread9055 SW LocustTigardOR97223Linda Dove503-956-0368Open 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Wear masks. Scheduling appointments is preferable. Leaders can schedule an appointment by texting Linda at 503-956-0368. Monetary donations also accepted.
Hood RiverFISH Hood River Food Bank1130 Tucker RoadHood RiverOR97031Marianne Brevard541-386-3474 or fish_hr@gorge.netNot open Saturday, Dec. 5th. Can drop off items on Monday, Dec. 7th from 8:00AM - 12:00PM. In addition to food, FISH is accepting donations of cleaning products and pet food. Wear mask and maintain 6' distance. There is a bell on the door that can be rung for assistance.
PortlandHoly Redeemer Catholic Church/St. Vincent de Paul25 N. Rosa Parks WayPortlandOR97217Rev. Mr. Robert Lukosh503-285-4539 ext. 504Open 9:00AM - 1:00PM December 5th only. Drop ins are welcome, and all participants need to wear masks and social distance as much as possible. Main pantry doors are on the lower level at the back of the church (the north side of the church building). SVDP is usually open Wednesday and Saturday's from 2-4pm if you would like to donate then. There may be a wait on those days as staff is busy serving clients.
WilsonvilleWilsonville Community Sharing28925 SW Boberg RoadWilsonvilleOR97070Office503-682-6939 Monday-Thursday 9:00AM - 1:30PM or email leigh@wilsonvillecommunitysharing.orgBuilding will not be open December 5th. Donations accepted by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Wear masks. All donations need to be bagged or boxed as they will keep it separate until sanitized. Monetary donations are preferred as this allows staff to purchase items safely.
BeavertonHoly Trinity Food Closet13715 SW Walker RdBeavertonOR97005Al Schmitt503-641-1842Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM for donations. Wear mask. Any new and unopened donations are accepted provided they are new and unopened including hygiene products and diapers.
SalemMarion Polk Food Share Table of Plenty will be accepting food donations for Marion Polk Food Share at 4227 Lone Oak Road SESalemOR97301Table of Plenty: Julie Rohwer at 503-931-7720 Marion Polk Food Share: info@marionpolkfoodshare.orgTable of Plenty: Open 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Please call if you would like to schedule another time to drop off. Wear masks. No more than ten in the building. Monetary donations can be made at: https://marionpolkfoodshare.org/ways-to-give/give-now-2/ for Marion Polk Food Share.
West LinnWest Linn Food Pantry1683 Willamette Falls DriveWest LinnOR97068Debbie Meyers503-915-9446Open 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Drop off donations at the back door of the church. Donations can also be dropped of on Thursdays from 12:30PM - 6:00PM through the front door or call to schedule an appointment. Wear a mask and social distance. Monetary donations can also be made at http://www.westlinnfoodpantry.com/ or mailed to the church.
SalemHope Station Community Services, Inc.1337 Madison St. NESalemOR97301Office503-886-9138Open 9:30AM - 2:00PM. Use of masks and before entering the warehouse, hands will need to be sanitized. There is a table for that purpose at the entrance. Also accepting monetary donations at https://hopestationcsi.org. Select "Donate".
PortlandNortheast Emergency Food Program (NEFP)4800 NE 72nd Ave.PortlandOR97218Alex Taylor206-920-2372 or ataylor@emoregon.orgOpen 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Also open 12/8 - 12/11 from 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Please park in front of the gate on 72nd St. On 12/5, expect traffic delays and please notify the traffic flagger that you're dropping off a donation. For donations on all other days, please wear a mask and enter building for assistance and sanitation. Monetary donations also accepted here: https://emoregon.org/nefp/give/
AlohaAloha Church of God Food Pantry18380 SW Kinnaman Rd.AlohaOR97078Donna Coonrod503-906-0255Open 10:00AM. The Food Pantry is located in the back of the church. Drive to the back, you will find a circle drive and a gravel parking lot. Take a walk down the sidewalk past the playground and we are under the carport canopy. There will be a table outside under canopy to drop off food and be able to maintain social distancing. Wear masks.
BeavertonSt. Juan Diego/St. Vincent de Paul5995 NW 178th Ave.PortlandOR97229Karol Mesa971-732-0603 (Church 503-985-6046) Units please call and leave a voicemail indicating how many packs/troops will be dropping off.Open 12:00PM - 2:00PM. Units please call and leave a voicemail indicating how many packs/troops will be dropping off. Modular building in lower parking lot. Wear masks and social distancing.
BeavertonSt. Matthew's Food Pantry10390 SW Canyon Rd.BeavertonOR97005Chris Bartlett503-805-5362Open 10:00AM - 2:00PM (rear of main building) Limit of four scouts at a time. Wear masks and gloves.
BeavertonMurray Hills Christian Church15050 SW Weir Rd.BeavertonOR97007Jim Ahl971-207-4506 or mimi.ahl@gmail.comOpen 10:00AM - 1:00PM Masks, gloves, social distancing required. There will be signs placed outside the front door of the church with instructions on where to take items collected.
BeavertonSt. Cecilia Church/St. Vincent de Paul5105 SW Franklin Ave.BeavertonOR97005Bruce Collins503-939-5248Open 10:00AM - 1:00PM. No touch drop-off from vehicles. Wear masks and gloves. Units planning to utilize this location are asked to call Bruce Collins before the SFF event.
BeavertonSunshine Pantry13600 SW Allen Blvd.BeavertonOR97008Jared Mannis503-841-9418Open 11:00AM until donated items are all collected and stored. Units call December 3rd to arrange to pick up food crates for pre-sorting donations. Tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, jams/jellies, rice, pasta, and cereals are at the top of the list right now. Masks and gloves (provided) are required, along with social distancing. Do not participate if showing signs of illness.
HillsboroSt. Matthew's Catholic Church442 SE 3rd AveHillsboroOR97123Marian Margiotta503-703-8355Open 12:00PM - 3:00PM. Social distancing along with masks are required; gloves are strongly recommended for handling donations. No more than 10 people permitted in the pantry. Largest need is for canned goods.
Forest GroveSt. Anthony's of Padua's Catholic Church/St. Vincent de Paul1660 Elm St.Forest GroveOR97116Office503-357-2989 https://www.safg.org/Open 10:00AM - 12:00PM. The food should be delivered to the area up the ramp on the south (church) side of the building. Covid-19 protocols must be followed; please wear masks and maintain social distancing. Contact the pantry staff at (503)-357-2989 if you have questions.
PortlandSt. John Fisher/St. Vincent de Paul4567 S Nevada St.PortlandOR97219Jim Stahl503-830-64072:00PM Drop off time. Masks, Social distancing, gloves for food handling

Scouting for food faq’s

Why are we not providing bags?
The coordination and distribution of bags is not conducive to our health and safety protocols.


Why can’t a family just drop off food on their own?
In order to minimize the contact at each food bank and respect the requests of each food bank’s health and safety procedures, we ask that only one designated family drop off the unit’s donation.

What if there are no food pantries open near us?
Food donations are always needed. Please consider reaching out to local schools, churches and other organizations to share our donations for their needs.