Girls Scout's project is helping pantry

Sarah Harkey spends her free time making sure hungry people get food to eat, and in the process she will soon earn the Gold Award, Girl Scouting's highest honor.

Sarah started in Daisy Girl Scouts at age 5. Scouting has been a part of her life ever since, even as she's added other activities. Now a junior at Mount Pleasant High School, Sarah plays softball for the school and a travel team, serves as president of the FFA and belongs to HOSA, the Beta and AWSUM Clubs.

She also serves on the board of directors for the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry.

Sarah's involvement with the local food ministry began almost two years ago when she offered to transport donated items from her church to the food pantry.

When it came time for Sarah to plan a project for her Gold Award, helping the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry seemed like a natural choice.

Similar to the Boy Scout's Eagle Scout Project, a Girl Scout Gold Project benefits the community. It should have a lasting impact, and take 80 hours. As she completed the requirements for the Gold Award, Sarah studied the world food supply.

She says she had some understanding of the topic thanks to her farm upbringing, but she gained insights into the global issues of supplying food to the world's population.

Sarah determined her Gold Project would help insure efficient delivery of food to the local population by "updating and upgrading" the working space for the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry. Over the Thanksgiving break, Sarah cleaned, painted, mopped and glazed. She rebuilt a table used as a work station and gave it some snazzy new features, like rollers and hooks for holding bags. The time she's spent volunteering there and her interaction with other workers, helped Sarah to know just what was needed to make food distribution run more smoothly.

She was determined to get the work done in just a few days so there would be no disruption to the ministry's clients. Thanks to the help of teammates and fellow club members, they finished without disruptions.

Sarah's still working on improvements for the food ministry. She's planning to install new freezers and a computer, along with a desk and whiteboard. She's looking for donations from churches and individuals to help with some of these items and costs. If you'd like to help, you can contact her at 704-467-5304 or

Sarah's got more plans for making her project sustainable, and for involving other teenagers with the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry. I have a feeling we'll be hearing more from her in the future.