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Eastlake Girl Scout troop opens free 24/7 food pantry for those in need

Posted at 8:06 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 20:06:59-04

EASTLAKE, Ohio — An Eastlake Girl Scout troop is giving back to the community and hoping the community can give back to them.

The troop opened the “Free Little Pantry,” a small pantry where people can access free non-perishable food all day, and can also leave donations inside.

Stacy Fields, a parent volunteer with the Girl Scout troop said the girls had big aspirations when it came to this pantry.

“One of the things the girls really wanted to do with this pantry as well as helping is that they wanted to foster a community where neighbors are helping neighbors,” Fields said. “I think that really will help us do that and they’ll see that come to fruition.”

The Girl Scout troop funded their project with money from their cookie sales, but in order to keep the pantry stocked they need people to keep leaving donations.

The pantry is located at the Eastlake Senior Center at 1580 E 332nd St.

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