Pantry 279 was conceived, built, and ran by 10 Girl Scouts from troop 69-279 as their Silver Award Project. The girls, ranging between age 11 – 13 at the time, wanted to build a food pantry to help their friends at school who were only getting food while at school, due to family crisis.
With the help of their Leader, parents and a partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church, this was achieved and opened Nov. 2, 2015. We expected that after a year of operation, to be serving 30ish people a week. This happened on week 2. The pantry has grown faster than anyone has ever expected! We currently serve over 800 families a month, which equals over 2700 people a month, and we continue to grow,
The girls who started this are now teens and preparing for college, and although they do still volunteer and one sits on our board, the decision was made, due to our size, to open to the public and all youth groups for volunteers and help.
We now provide education about food need and food insecurity to any group who asks. We provide a place people, families, or groups ( especially youth ) can learn and do a wonderful, hands-on community service that really makes a difference. We provide community gardens for fresh produce. And mostly we provide very needed food once a week for families or individuals in need in Southern Indiana.