Little Free Pantry Debuts as Eagle Scout Project
By Brandi Makuski
The Little Free Pantry has come to the Metro Area.
Hot on the heels of the popular Little Free Library movement, the Little Free Pantry stocks daily essentials like hygiene and baby products, as well as nonperishable food items, with the understanding that folks “Take what you need; leave what you can”.
Three of the small wood boxes were constructed locally by 17-year-old Trevor Bond as part of his Eagle Scout project.
“It started in the fall, when I got the idea, but all the planning and building took about a month,” said Bond, who graduated from SPASH last month.
Bond is a member of Troop 293, which meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers Street.
“I wanted to do something that benefited the church because it’s the church we meet at — and it’s also the church I attend — and it’s also a benefit to the community,” Bond said. “The community focus was a big part of what I liked about it, a bigger part of the draw for me.”
Bond said he heard about the Little Free Pantry movement from the church’s youth coordinator, Todd Lewis.
“I thought it would be a great fit for him and our community,” Lewis said, adding he first learned of the idea during a church conference last year.
Bond constructed three Little Free Pantry boxes for his Eagle Scout badge: one at Trinity Lutheran; another at Good Shepard Lutheran, 2000 Roosevelt Dr. in Plover; and the third St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 600 Wilshire Boulevard.
Bond, who plans to attend college in Beloit, said he’s been involved with Boy Scouts since second grade.
“Personally, the program has made me a lot more confident, and I think it’s a program where there’s something for everyone,” he said. “It’s made me more comfortable with leadership and interacting with people.”
Bond lives with his family in Stevens Point and plans to complete his Eagle Scout within the month.
For more information on Little Free Pantry, go to www.littlefreepantry.org.