In October, Troop 41 Eagle Scout Ethan Lavi completed Pantry Angels, an app that allows local food pantries to request items. The app automatically finds locations of boxes closest to the donor, while including specific COVID-19 instructions for each location. The goal of his project is to get as many people as possible to download the free iPhone app and donate to the pantries. Both the Woodbridge Town Food Pantry and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven have signed up, specifying locations for people to leave their donations. The Woodbridge Town Food Pantry commented that they are “grateful to be included in this worthy project.” They were “receptive to input and the enhancements make the app user friendly and efficient.” Currently, the Woodbridge Town Food Pantry asks that donations are left on the bench at the center entrance of 4 Meetinghouse Lane, for a no-contact drop off. The Jewish Family Service pantry has a donation box inside the Amity Plaza Stop & Shop for shopper’s convenience.
Ethan could not have finished Pantry Angels without the help of the scouts of Troop 41. They banded together and used their creative talents to design an aesthetically pleasing app that serves an important purpose. Through their involvement, they learned programming skills. Troop 41 scout Eydan Lavi stated that “being involved in Ethan’s Eagle Scout project was fulfilling. I was able to learn more about app development while knowing this project is contributing to my community.”
The next portion of the project was constructing a stand for the drop-off bin currently residing in the Amity Plaza Stop & Shop. Stephen Pedenski, one of the scouts involved, reported that the “project will help so many people for a long time and I am happy I was a part of it.”
If anyone or any food pantries would like information about the project, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Ben Martin and Ethan Lavi, Photos Contributed by Eydan Lavi