Planning, advertising and organization is a critical key to Scouting for Food.
Planning by contacting all units and doing a coordinate effort between Troop, Packs, Crews plus between Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts since this is a community event. Advertising in getting road signs out and articles in newspapers like local Penny Savers and local community newspapers besides the city newspaper. Organization by having maps for territories already printed for handout at the start point meeting place so territories are covered multiple times.
Utilized community places like the local grocery and hardware. Need to ask the store manager permission first and include them in the coordinated efforts of the community since the food goes to the local food pantry. (Great place to put Tiger dens and first year Brownies) As someone mentioned timing is important since this takes place on Saturday morning. Get everyone together at 8:30-8:45 am at the meeting place to give them their map so they are ready to be in their territory for door knocking at 9am. 9am to 11 am is the best times for collections before people leave their homes to do their Saturdays errands.
We dropped doing the flyers and opted for the road sign posting reminder. We opted for doing one weekend for Scouting for Food instead of two weekends Its very IMPORTANT that the road signs only be up one week. Put them up Sunday the week before Scouting for Food and take them down that Saturday Scouting for Food ends.
Looking at this as a yearly coordinated community event with one Chairperson for all has one passing the 'Scouting for Food' Chair folder down to the next year's Chair that helps keep it organized and easy to recruit a new chair yearly.