CARTERET—Life Scout Ryan Gerstler of Carteret Troop 88, has completed his Eagle Scout project, building a food pantry out of a storage room located in the cellar of the Zion Lutheran Church at 712 Roosevelt Avenue. The very aggressive project, requiring architectural drawings and building permits, took over 450 man hours to complete.
Although the scouts provided all the labor, construction was overseen by Stanley Gadomski of Painting with Mr. G. Incorporated located in Port Reading. The electrical work was donated by PSG Electrical of Edison. The steel beams were donated by Jesco, Inc. of South Plainfield. Donations for sheetrock were provided by The Home Depot of Woodbridge, Colonia and Linden.
A solid wood door, which was converted into a Dutch door, was donated by Lowes of Woodbridge. Insulation was donated by New Pak, Inc of South Plainfield. Abbe Lumber of Avenel, Baumgartner’s Hardware and Plaza Hardware of Carteret also provided the troop with miscellaneous building supplies. New Century Distributors Group of Rahway donated the steel shelving. Architectural drawings were provided, at no charge, by A. Ondar Design of MarlboroBefore construction a cake sale was held on Ethnic Day to help raise funds. After completion Troop 88 conducted a food drive, filling the shelves with non perishable foods.
Donations for the food pantry, which was named Partnership Against Hunger, can be dropped off at Family Hair Care located in the Carteret Shopping Center from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The food pantry will hold a grand opening sometime in April.
Dedicated Scouts—pictured left to right (Front Row): Nicholas Carbonaro, Yordani Taveras, Tyler Russell; (second row): James Henning, Adam Reed, Charles Kreisel; (third row): Timothy Palmer, Branden Romano, Nicholas Lavan; (last row): George Velasquez, Ryan Gerstler, and Eric Palmer. Not pictured – Angelo Carbonaro
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