Girl Scouts set up a community food pantry in Macomb Township


TOWNSHIP OF MACOMB, Mich. – The Girl Scouts are so much more than wonderful, delicious cookies. It’s about gaining experience and learning lessons; Sometimes these are life lessons that can help others.

Local 4 asked a few of the Pantry Scouts why they joined the Scouts.

  • Meet new friends.

  • Lots of fun activities.

  • To help people in need.

Elizabeth, Tessa Ruth and Eleanor are only half of Girl Scout Troop 76580.

“It’s the night side,” Tessa Ruth said. “He has all our names under the stars and a tent.”

The girls showed off what they had built to win their bronze medal. They got the idea to build a pantry while on a camping trip.

“One of the unique things we’ve done with building this project is that they’ve learned how to build and how to use their hands and how to use tools, and not many kids their age can do that,” said said scout leader Jim Devleeschouwer.

“We had to build it completely from scratch,” Ruth said. “We painted it, and we had to saw the wood to size and put the shingles on.”

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Everything went well,” said Devleeschouwer. “They loved it. They had a lot of fun doing it.”

Well, there was at least one thing that wasn’t fun, according to the Girl Scouts.

“Sanding,” said Ruth. “Definitely sand because it hurts the arms a lot.”

Devleeschouwer says someone donated a kitchen cabinet to help out, but they bought the rest of the equipment with the cookie sale money.

In addition to earning their bronze medals, the girls wanted to help others, whether they were local families or other students at Ojibwa Elementary School.

“We hope it will be a self-contained food pantry so community members can come and donate just by dropping by, dropping off the food when they see it getting low and people need it, without asking. questions, they just take what they need,” said Devleeschouwer.

“That’s just kind of how it works,” Ruth said. “Somebody could take something, and somebody could leave something. It’s kind of an infinite loop, you know.

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Hopefully the need isn’t endless, but certainly, the human spirit was involved.

“It’s like our hard work has paid off,” Ruth said. “Yeah, more sanding.”

To get the initial amount of food, the Girl Scouts organized a food drive, and they got a great response.

Devleeschouwer told Local 4 that when they went out to check the pantry, they still had more food stored away after a day.

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