Wilmette scouts pack Evanston pantry
Evanston Hillside Food Pantry, which turns no one away and does not require clients to certify to receive groceries, welcomed Wilmette Cub Scout Pack 1 for a mid March meal packin flip flop g and donation event.
Scouts, their siblings and parents of the Wilmette McKenzie Elementary School community brought boxes of pasta and items to round out a meal as part of this year annual pack service project. Thirty scouts organized grocery items into bags March 16, with a goal of adding 60 pasta dinner kits to the pantry inventory at 272 flip flop 7 Crawford Ave.
The kits are scheduled for pantry distribution this month as a supplement to the regular bags of groceries given to those Hillside serves. Each dinner includes uncooked pasta, a jar of sauce, canned vegetables and a package of cookies. With 60 kits, it likely the supply will deplete before day end due to pantry demand.
feels good, said Jaime Fink, assistant cubmaster. always good to give back to the community. Cub Scout Pack 1 has been partnering with Hillside Food Pantry since the pantry opened, according to Frank Panzica, pack committee chair.
supply donations that can support a special meal or birthday celebration beyond the basics the pantry focuses on, he said.
Panzica and his wife, Sharon, five year residents of Wilmette, have one son Adam, a McKenzie Elementary School fourth grader.
Hillside Pantry lets our boys see firsthand that the food pantry is part of their community and they can make a personal difference, Panzica said.
Wilmette Cub Scout Pack 1 works with the Evanston pantry as part of the Boy Scouts for Food program, which supplies donations to food pantries in northeastern Illinois, Panzica said.
just think everyone should participate in the community and just give back, said Scout parent Jaime Fink. a good example for the Scouts. and his wife Jenny have three children: Wyatt, 9, a Cub Scout and McKenzie Elementary School third grader; Halle, 11, a Highcrest Middle School fifth grader; and Gavin, 5, who is in preschool.
Associate pastor Maiya Lueptow, who oversees the pantry, said she is grateful to volunteers and to Scouts who gave of their resources and time on a late Sunday afternoon.
though our volunteers have to be high school aged and up, no matter how young you are, you can find a way to contribute to the food pantry, Lueptow said. that makes the community a better place. Bjorkman of Wilmett flip flop e brought his son Oscar, 2, and held him for most of the time while the Scouts walked back and forth from the church to the pantry to visit and to assemble food kits.
Bjorkman son and Scout, Oliver, 8, a McKenzie Elementary School third grader, toured the pantry with his curious peers, viewing commercial sized refrigerators not typically found in residential kitchens. Shelves and racks had room for donations.
think this is so important for my children to see, said Bjorkman. myself, was not aware there was a food pantry in the community. This is a great experience. or friends of Scouts left feeling they had learned simply by seeing something new.
helps people who don have food, said Sydney Switzer, 11, a Wilmette resident and a Highcrest Middle School fifth grader. is very important. friend Brooklyn Wise, also 11, and a Wilmette Highcrest fifth g flip flop rader concurred.
Hillside Food Pantry statistics show that more than 30 percent of those served are children under the age 18.