Andalusian Scouts Collect over 7000 kg of Food for Local Food Banks Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Wanting to help their community during the COVID-19 pandemic, 250 Scouts and their families cooperated with foodbanks in all the regions of Andalucía, Spain. They managed to collect and distribute more than 7100 kg of food, had invaluable conversations with their community, and showed Andalucía that the Scout Movement is present and ready to help.
Whilst the campaign was regional, the individual actions were local, with each province doing it differently. Some Scouts put a collection stand by their supermarket, whilst others recruited volunteers to put collection boxes in their neighbourhood. Once the food was collected, Scouts and other volunteers packed and transported the boxes to the food bank, where it was distributed. Scouts also helped with organising and transporting the food to those in need, reaching out to the most vulnerable.
In addition to providing food, the donations points were also the “perfect place to attend non formal conversations about the COVID situation, provide awareness and recommendations, and a marvellous opportunity to connect with the Scout and their families after a long time with just virtual connection”, as put by regional volunteer Cristina Abad Pérez. In some of the cities in the region, the Scout Movement was less known, and the campaign thus became a brilliant way of introducing locals to Scouting.
Furthermore, the campaign became a positive experience in how valuable partnerships can be, as the Scouts collaborated with the food banks, but also many other organisations with similar goals to help the community. This cooperation has led to a mutual knowledge of how the different organisations can help each other -also in the future.
Those future campaigns are already in the planning, with Scouts eager to continue helping their community.
As put by Christina, “It was a very beautiful action in which we restarted our activities, doing what know best: being present in our cities helping others. For sure we are going to be there for other actions!”
This article has been authored by Freja Dohrn Ellefsen.