Build a Little Free Pantry

Liz Fogarty
In February of last year, I joined the Boy Scouts of America. I quickly fell in love with the organization's strong sense of community and the desire to help others. I was inspired by all the volunteering I did with my troop to do something greater to help my community. I decided to construct a Little Free Pantry. My pantry operates like a Little Free Library, where people give and take books. Instead of books, the pantry I built allows people to take food, toiletries, and other supplies of that nature and also add them if they can. The free pantry operates as a safety net when people unexpectedly fall on hard times and have no way to provide for themselves. 

Before I was able to buy the recycled material for my project, I connected with my school's UNICEF club and raised the funds needed for my project by working the concession stand at a few volleyball games. My little free pantry will be located at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Beaver Dam. I chose this location because it's close to the high school so families would have an easier time accessing it.

I built my pantry out an old recycled cabinet and was able to use other reusable materials to build it. I learned how to use a variety of tools to complete the repairs and renovations to my pantry. 

I enjoyed working on my capstone immensely as I was able to do something good for my community while also learning new skills to complete my project.
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