Little Free Food Pantry

Guest Blogger Girl Scout Troop 1444 Co-Leader Elizabeth Santana.

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Today I could not be more proud of the three G.I.R.L. Bronze Award team members in my troop. I was amazed when they first decided to work together; each girl brought a suggested problem to solve that focused on helping those for whom food scarcity is a problem. In the end, the girls decided that they wanted to make a little free panty to help in the community. They met with the pastor and members of a local church, Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, to pitch their idea. They answered questions about the project, including how they would restock the pantry. They developed a plan for requesting donations to fill the pantry and made presentations to troop leaders at a SU meeting, individual troops, schools and churches.

They repurposed a piece of furniture and learned to use new tools. They sanded and painted and built a roof.

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And each step of the way, they amazed me with their determination and dedication. Long hours on the building effort did not dissuade them. Nervous anxiety about public speaking was overcome by an amazing ability to see that their efforts would make a difference to people in need. Today, they dedicated the pantry, the first in Northern Virginia, and embark on the journey to keep it stocked.

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They are excited to be filling a need that they know exists. I look forward to seeing where their paths take them. These young ladies are making a lasting contribution.