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Food Pantry Opens in Danbury, CT

Posted by:   Aubrey N on Oct 14, 2013
Town:         Ridgefield
Troop:        Karen Coughlin's team

What issue did your Take Action project address?
For my Silver Award project I created a food pantry for Jericho Partnerships. Jericho is a huge program helping people in specifically Greater Danbury and many other places. They have many partnerships including Hope Line, homeless shelters, and now a food pantry! They help anyone who needs the help, while at the same time spreading ministry.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
My family has known the founder of Jericho for a while, because he goes to our church. I thought it would be awesome if I could help Jericho out with something. I called their office and spoke to also one of our friends, Carrie Amos. She has a big role with Jericho from editing papers, to serving and creating events. I asked her if there was anything Jericho needed done. She responded with a happy story. A few months before, Jericho had attempted to create a food pantry, but it just wasn't working out. She and Jim Wiley, who serves and works for Jericho, thought for a while, and agreed to let me create the food pantry. After meeting with them a few times, we created a plan and found a space at the church on Spring Street. I involved other Girl Scouts, neighbors, my twin brother, churches in the area, leadership from Jericho, and my parents.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
The food pantry will be run by volunteers, including two ladies who volunteer every time the food pantry is open. It is open on Saturdays from 9-11. There will also be on-going food drives, until we reach the point where the state food pantry supplies the food. This food pantry is growing quickly and needing more food. We had to move it to a larger area and ask the churches for even more food.

What did you learn from the experience?
I discovered from this experience that I am more giving to people that are less fortunate. Not only parents come to the food pantry, but also their children. I realized how happy the children were to see different people and receive clothes and food. Every now and then we had candy to give to the kids, and they were just so excited. As a result, I now should not complain because people that have life worse than me are still happy. Now that I realize that I created a food pantry, I feel like I can take harder challenges.

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