Members of St. Nicholas Confirmation class were busy sorting food items and stocking shelves last Thursday at the Ottawa Food Pantry.
Members of St. Nicholas Confirmation class were busy sorting food items and stocking shelves last Thursday at the Ottawa Food Pantry.

OTTAWA – Two groups were working on service projects Thursday night at the Ottawa Food Pantry. Both had a mutual mission of helping to restock the shelves at the Ottawa Food Pantry.

The St. Nicholas Church Confirmation Class from Miller City and Girl Scout Brownie Troop 16227 from Ottawa, Glandorf and Miller City, were busy helping sort items for the Pantry.

The Girl Scout Brownies had also brought several bags of donated items. They are working on their “Take Action” Journey project.

“The girls even made a video asking for people to donate food for the project,” said Girl Scout leader Ashley Schroeder. Michelle Maynard and Andrea Morman are also leaders with the Girl Scout Troop.

After listening to Sandi Racer speak about how the Food Pantry is operated, the girls were given a tour of the room that is used as a food pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Girl Scouts then helped put paper supplies on the shelves.

Girls from St. Nicholas Catholic Church confirmation class came to the food pantry to work on their “Corporal Works of Mercy.” They were busy sorting the donated items brought in by the Girl Scouts and then placing them on the shelves.

Racer told everyone the Food Pantry has been opened since 1982. It was started as a short-term effort to help residents who had been laid off at Philips. She said they have served up to 100 families at a time.

“Sometimes children will tell people they want donations for the food pantry instead of birthday gifts at their birthday party,” Racer said.