Over the past several years, if there was an opportunity to help feed those in need of fresh food, Scout Jacob N. was going to be involved. In fact, he had formed the interest at the age of 11.
According to the Hunterdon County Democrat, since he was 11, Jacob took part in multiple Scouting for Food drives, delivered fresh food to the Clinton Township Open Cupboard Food Pantry, volunteered in a soup kitchen in Israel, packed and delivered non-perishable food with the Jewish Relief Agency in Philadelphia, and helped facilitate the purchase of a goat and a sheep for Heifer International, a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
So, when it came time for Jacob to complete his Eagle Scout project, it was only natural that it would have something to do with feeding fresh food to the hungry. Through discussions with others in his community, he was able to identify a need for more fresh food that could be grown and provided to community food pantries.
He worked diligently with several local businesses to gather donated supplies, and he organized a team of several workers to construct a 30′ x 40′ community garden on dedicated land at a local Jewish Community Center.
Jacob then turned the community garden over to a local agency that works with volunteer gardeners to grow and harvest food to provide to pantries in the area. This helps provide much-needed fresh food to those who access the food pantry.
According to NJ.com, both Jacob’s local congressman and the founder of the local group that will run the garden spoke at his Court of Honor to recognize the work he had done to help his community.
To learn more about Jacob’s project and his lifelong passion for helping to feed those in need, read the whole story about his project in the Hunterdon County Democrat, and to see more about his Court of Honor, see the recent story on NJ.com.
To learn more about the impact Eagle Scouts can have in their communities, see the Baylor University Study, “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge.”