Clifton Park

Local church offers mini food pantry

Idea part of Eagle Scout project
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 's "Little Food Pantry” serves area residents with non-perishable items.
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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 's "Little Food Pantry” serves area residents with non-perishable items.

CLIFTON PARK — A local church is now providing a little extra for those in need.

The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Northcrest Drive in Clifton Park recently unveiled its brand new Little Food Pantry, a small case located on the church’s property that contains non-perishable food items, such as soups and cereals.

It is restocked on a regular basis via donations.

The pantry was created by Boy Scout Jakob Quail as his Eagle Scout project and as a part of obtaining his Citizenship in the Community Merit badge.

On the first Sunday of each month, the church congregation donates to the food pantry at CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, as well as other local food pantries, said Melanie Edwards, the parish administrator at the church.

However, Edwards pointed out that food pantries often have strict rules regarding food distribution, so the church and Quail came up with the idea of providing people with faster relief.

“Sometimes there’s more of a need,” she said.

The food pantry at the church is open to everyone 24 hours a day year-round, Edwards said. 

The pantry will soon have a solar fan installed to keep the container from becoming too hot in the summer, as well as a cover that will protect it from the sun.

Donors may leave non-perishable items in the pantry. Donations brought during church business hours can be left in the church office.

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