Brooks learned about other micro-food pantries in Plainfield from District 202 Board of Education member Joette Doyle, who also runs the other pantries.
“When I first discovered there was a need for more micro pantries, because the others are getting used so much, I figured the more we can build, the better,” Brooks said in a news release from District 202..
Brooks, who is a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 13 in Plainfield, decided to build a micro-food pantry for his Eagle Scout project as part of the process to earn the Eagle Scout rank.
He will complete the program requirements this spring.
After deciding to build a micro-food pantry, Brooks decided to locate it on the north side of Plainfield at the Keller Williams real estate office located at 11850 Illinois Route 59, Plainfield.
It officially opened after a dedication ceremony on Feb. 22.
Not only was there a need in Plainfield for another micro-food pantry but placing it on the north side would allow him to help families at PNHS.
“I noticed there are people who are in need in our community, you can’t always tell who they are,” Brooks said. “They look and talk like everyone else, but you may not know they truly need help.”
People often wrongly think those who live on the north side of Plainfield have a lot of money, Brooks said.
“We have plenty of people here in this school that need assistance," Brooks said in the news release. "Everyone, no matter where they are in our community, who needs assistance can use this micro-food pantry,” he said.