With the assistance of Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs from the Chain Bridge District of the National Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, our Scouting for Food Drive is AFAC's largest single day food drive. This partnership has collected over 1 million pounds of food since 1995. Each year, Scouting for Food is held on the second Saturday of every November.
To prepare for this event, Boy Scout troops go door to door and distribute bags to houses on their routes on Saturday, November 2, so that residents can gather non-perishable food to donate. On the morning of November 9, scouts return to their routes, gather the food donations, and deliver them to Our Savior Lutheran Church where they're sorted by volunteers. After the drive, the food is delivered to AFAC where volunteers stock the shelves and prepare the food for distribution.
AFAC needs your help to collect the following items:
- Low-sodium canned goods
- Low-sugar cereal
- Cooking oil
- Peanut butter
Please refrain from donating the following items:
- Expired foods
- Opened packages
- Glass containers
- Household or personal items
If you miss the scouts or did not receive a notice, please bring your non-perishable food donations to the following locations: Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St); Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie St); Arlington Public Library Branches: Aurora Hills (735 18th St S.), Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St), Cherrydale (2190 Military Rd), Columbia Pike (816 S Walter Reed Dr.), Shirlington (4200 Campbell Ave), or Westover (1644 N. McKinley Rd); and AFAC’s warehouse (2708 S. Nelson St). Donations can be dropped off during the normal hours of operations at each location. (Please note that most places will be closed on Veterans Day - Monday, November 11).