Youth Service Projects

  1. Sort hotel-size toiletries into categories: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (the toiletries would be provided by the Pantry, along with bins to sort items into. Someone would need to pick up and deliver back to the Pantry.)
  2. Provide seasonal candy or other treats: Valentine candy, Easter baskets, Mother's Day gift bags. We get a lot of food and treats donated in the fall for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it is great to have special items for these other holidays, too.
  3. Re-package rice purchased in bulk into family-size portions in reclosable baggies. (Pantry would supply rice and baggies)
  4. How about "Brownies from the Brownies"? Perhaps the girls could each bring a brownie mix to donate?
  5. Baby shower for the Pantry -- children bring baby food, formula or diapers, and during the meeting play baby shower games, have decorated cake for snack, etc. just like ladies would do at a baby shower.
  6. Provide food for and pack an "emergency box". These are banana boxes packed with non-perishable food that a family can arrange to pick up if they have no food at a time the Pantry is not open. It is enough food for three days, giving the family food to eat until they can come for a regular food order when the Pantry is open. Group members would pick up one or more banana boxes from a grocery store (free for the asking) and fill it with the following items:
    • 1 box cereal
    • 1 box instant oatmeal
    • 1 box granola/breakfast bars
    • 1 small box dried milk
    • 1 package powdered juice drink (like Tang)
    • 1 hot beverage (or a baggie with a mix of hot chocolate, tea bag and individual coffee servings.)
    • 2 cans soup
    • 2 boxes mac & cheese
    • 1 jar peanut butter
    • 1 jar jelly
    • 1 box crackers (if available)
    • 1 pkg. Cookies (if available)
    • 1 box tuna helper with 1 large can tuna OR chicken helper w/1 can chicken
    • 1 "Complete" meal with meat OR 2 cans beef stew
    • 1 spaghetti sauce & spaghetti noodles
    • 3 cans vegetables
    • 3 cans fruit
    • 1 bag rice
    • 1 bag dried beans
    • 1 pouch instant mashed potatoes
    • 1 pouch cookie mix (just add water)
    • 1 single roll toilet paper
    • 3 each hotel-size toiletries: soap, shampoo, conditioner (place together in a baggie)
  7. One additional thought -- last year a Cub Scout group collected pennies all year, then took them to the bank and brought us a check for the total -- which was nearly $300! Those pennies add up!