Since 1910, the ideals of Scouting have guided young men to perform "service to others and to the community." Responding to the plight of America's poor and hungry is conducted in the spirit of the original Boy Scout "good turn."
During World War I, Boy Scouts planted vegetable gardens to provide food for the hungry. President Roosevelt called on Scouts to collect food for the needy during the Great Depression. Planting Victory Gardens were the Scouting "good turns" organized during World War II. Today, Boy Scouts continue their community service by helping the hungry in southwestern Pennsylvania. The national initiative “Good Turn for America” encourages companies, community organizations, and Scouts to be involved in local community-service that fights hunger through their participation in Laurel Highlands Council’s Annual Scouting for Food drive. Since 1987, over 108 million units of food have been collected and distributed to Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland county food banks.
However, the need to help the hungry continues to grow. In 2012 the campaign expanded to include Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties. 2014 saw the addition of counties two counties in Maryland and four counties in West Virginia.