by Leanne Loy
Troop 101 Girl Scouts started a free food pantry in Sartell on Aug. 31. The troop members, along with their guides, have set up a free community pantry at Riverside Evangelical Church at 405 Riverside Ave. N.
“This project has been in the works since February of 2020,” said Angela Burnett, one of the moms and troop leaders, “right before Covid hit the community and we went to all-online scouting activities.”
The Pantry works the same way free little libraries do: Take what you need, leave what you can. The troop will be regularly checking and stocking the pantry in partnership with Riverside Evangelical Church and Celebration Lutheran Church’s CLC Free Community Store. The goal is for the community to partner with the scouts to assist with stocking the pantry.
The majority of the building materials (wood and shingles) were donated by Simonson Lumber and additional supplies needed for the project were provided by members of Troop 101.
It’s the little things like this (which end up being the big things) that make all the difference to those in need.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that coming together and helping your community out is more important than some may have realized in the past. So stop by and donate what you can.