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Food For Friends

Food for Friends is our annual council-wide food drive, running April 5-7, 2019.

After the holidays, supplies at local food pantries dwindle. During Food for Friends, Girl Scouts and adult chaperones collect non-perishable food donations outside participating supermarkets, and distribute them to local participating food banks.  This food drive is critical in supporting families in Suffolk County who rely on these emergency food supplies year-round.

Food For Friends Patch

A special Food for Friends patch is available for purchase for participating girls at all Girl Scout Shoppe locations.

Harry Chapin Hunger Activist Patch

In addition, this project can be used to satisfy part of the requirements for the Harry Chapin Long Island Cares Hunger Activist patch.

Service Unit Responsibilities

Many Service Units will appoint one leader as the Food for Friends Chairperson, who is responsible for coordinating and supervising the food drive in your area. The Chairperson's responsibilities are:

  • Contact local supermarkets within your Service Unit to arrange a collection point date.
  • Call to confirm prior to date and ask that any available boxes be put aside for troops. 
  • Contact your local food pantry to ensure that they will be able to accommodate the donations and drop-offs from troops during the designated dates.
  • Ask the food pantry if donations need to be organized in a particular way - each food pantry is different. 
  • Recruit local troops, parents and friends in your Service Unit to participate. 
  • Schedule girl and adult coverage at the collection sites. 
  • Provide instructions to participants on food collection protocol, schedule, etc. 
  • Remind troops to file appropriate Trip Approval paperwork and maintain proper SafetyWise coverage.
  • Arrange for troops to include an Operation:Cookie or a Gift of Caring booth sale at their collection site by contacting us at or (631) 543-6622.
Most Requested Items for Donation
  • Soap 
  • Paper Items 
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Vegetables 
  • Pasta
  • Canned fruits
  • Boxed Food
  • Powdered milk
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Razor Blades
  • Wipes
  • Shaving cream
  • Diapers  
Tips for a Successful Food for Friends Food Drive
  • Wear your GS Uniform.
  • Place food in boxes or grocery bags, which the store may provide.
  • Also bring a receipt book, pens and pencils, scissors, and strong tape (to secure boxes).
  • Make sure the appropriate Trip Approval paperwork has been filed and proper SafetyWise coverage is maintained.
  • Prepare a small flyer to aid shoppers in selecting the proper items for donation (see examples above).
  • Be respectful and be sure not to block the flow of traffic entering or exiting the store.
  • If you receive monetary donations, use these funds to purchase food items.
  • When the drive is done, deliver the food collected to the prearranged food shelter location.
Pair Your Food Drive with a Cookie Booth Sale

Incorporating a Cookie Booth Sale with our Gifts of Caring campaign is an important component of the Food for Friends drive. During food collections, customers may also purchase cookies for our Gifts of Caring campaign, which provides a welcome treat for those who rely on food pantries to survive.

Troops will receive rebates for any purchases made. Learn more on Cookies & More


Supplemental Activities

Here are some suggested activities to supplement the Food for Friends drive and get girls thinking about the issue of hunger.

  • Research hunger issues in your area.  Discuss why it is so important to get involved and how we can all make a difference.
  • Write a poem or essay about hunger.
  • Draw a picture of how the food you helped to collect will help others.
  • Learn about the four food groups and what constitutes proper nutrition.
  • Discuss why it is so important for young children to have proper nourishment.
  • Write a letter to the President expressing your concerns about hunger in the U.S.
  • Donate a food basket to a family in need.