Food Scavenger Hunt - Food For Church
Rebecca in Crossett, AR USA
We decided to have a scavenger hunt because we thought the kids would enjoy it, but we also wanted to do something that would help someone; so we decided to have a scavenger hunt to help fill our church pantry. We divided the kids up into teams of 2 and sent them out with an adult driver (we didn't want the responsibility if a teen had an accident).
We gave the kids boxes and the driver took them anywhere they wanted to go as long as it was the house of a church member, a friend, or a member of their family (no strangers, in other words). We allowed an hour for the hunt, but depending on where you live you could have one that doesn't last as long.
In our case we had 5 teams and some of them went to the same houses which ended up with some teams not getting anything from the homes that had run out of items. (We did not tell anyone what we were doing ahead of time so that no one could prepare). The drivers left a box of food on their carport and the teams could come choose 3 items from it (No team could take more than 3 items from any house).
After the hunt, while the kids ate (We had barbecue pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips, and dip), the adults added up each team's points according to the chart below:
POINTS AWARDED FOR SCAVENGER HUNT FOR FOOD PANTRY
10 Tuna fish
40 Canned ham
10 Vienna Sausages
05 Potted meat
50 Other canned meat
10 Whole kernel corn
20 Cream style corn
05 Green beans (any)
50 Other canned beans
30 Sweet potatoes
40 Other vegetables
50 Other fruits:
10 Macaroni and cheese
20 Dried pasta (spaghetti, etc.)
30 Spaghetti sauce
40 Peanut butter
20 Ravioli, Spaghettios, etc.
05 Beanie Weenies
10 Kool Aid mix:
50 Fruit Juice:
100 ANY NON PERISHABLE ITEM NOT LISTED
I just wrote things down that I thought might be contributed and randomly assigned points. Even so I left out a lot of things and the kids got lots of "100's" with items such as napkins, paper towels, cereal, crackers, etc. Because of this, the team that won was not the team with the most items. We awarded prizes only for the most points, but should we do it again, I think I will award prizes for both.
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