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Gold Award Girl Scout, Amelia Searfoss: Food Pantry Expansion

Gold Award Girl Scout, Amelia Searfoss

Hunger and poverty are global issues that have a significant impact right here in Maine. Thinking globally and acting locally Amelia took this challenge head on to make an impact in her local community.

Amelia identified a need in her parish to improve their food pantry’s efficiency and effectiveness to better serve both the church and the community it serves. Working with volunteers from her congregation she took the lead building shelves for food storage in both the basement and attic of the church, solving the issue of food donations taking up valuable space scattered around the church. Additionally, she built a railing to the attic so volunteers could safely access the newly organized pantry located there.

Amelia also knew it was difficult for working families to access the pantry during their limited open hours, and the volunteers working at the pantry needed resources to make their work more efficient. Seeking to make an impact beyond improving the physical space, Amelia opened the pantry Thursday nights to serve more people and developed a food pantry notebook resource for volunteers. Amelia’s Gold Award Project taught her to take charge and lead like a G.I.R.L. and gave her church a sustainable way to support the local community in the fight against hunger and poverty.