Organize a Neighborhood Food Scavenger Hunt

Even though we’re all social distancing, communities can still come together with this Neighborhood Food Scavenger Hunt.

  • By Jess Dang
  • March 23, 2020

I know the last few weeks have been incredibly hard for everyone. We’ve never experienced a worldwide pandemic and its incredible impact on every aspect of life around us — big and small. Our family has been following our county’s shelter in place order, so my husband and I have been working from home while caring for our 3 children under the age of 5.

Balancing work and childcare have been hard, but so much of the comfort of our normal life remains. My children are safe by my side (literally by my side more than ever), we are still enjoying home-cooked meals (though utilizing our pantry more), and we can still go outside for walks. 

So I thought I’d combine all these things that I love in a new activity — a Neighborhood Food Scavenger Hunt. There’s no physical contact needed, and hopefully it’ll bring your community together and make getting fresh air with kids a bit more fun (of course you don’t need kids to get one started in your neighborhood).

There are 8 individual scavenger hunt boards to try and 65+ food printouts that neighbors can hang on their houses. Download the materials and instructions here, and encourage your neighbors to participate through or your neighborhood listserv (if you don’t have one, maybe now’s the time to start one!), and spread the word by sharing this post.

If you get a scavenger hunt going, I want to see it happening, so please post it on social media and tag #cooksmarts! I’ll share photos from my neighborhood as well!

If you missed my previous posts, here are some other kitchen resources that might help while you’re cooking more at home:

  1. Pantry Essentials Guide
  2. Pantry Recipe Collection
  3. Our Meal Plan Service (sale ends 3/25/20) — we’ll be donating 5% of sales to organizations supporting kids who have lost access to free breakfasts and lunches due to school closures.

Sending you love and comfort during this tough time!

Always your kitchen cheerleader,

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