Eagle River Food Pantry gets a makeover

Troop 219 member lays new tile as part of Eagle Scout project


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Michael Farthing applies glue to a tile Saturday, July 20. Farthing was one of a handful of Troop 219 members assisting Feinstein with his Eagle Scout project.

MIKE NESPER

The Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry recently got a makeover — and they have Aaron Feinstein to thank for it.

For his Eagle Scout project, Feinstein and some of his fellow scouts from Troop 219 replaced old carpeting with new vinyl commercial tile at the pantry, which is located inside Eagle River Presbyterian Church.

Feinstein decided on the project after speaking with church secretary Sarah Dutton last year. The project will ensure the Food Pantry is in compliance with sanitation codes, said Dutton, the former Food Pantry manager.

“It really just provides a healthier environment to provide that service to the community,” she said.

The new floor should make less work for Food Pantry workers, Feinstein said.

“It’s easier to manage and clean tile than it is for carpet,” he said.

It’s also cheaper to maintain.

“Hopefully, this will save some costs,” he said.

Feinstein, an incoming senior at Eagle River High, has been working on the project’s logistics for about 10 months. He and his team ripped up the old carpet and laid new tile in just two days Friday and Saturday, July 19-20.

While he did plenty of manual labor, Feinstein was also in charge of everyone on site.

“I have to delegate jobs,” he said. “Teach them how to lay tile.”

Serving in a supervisory role was a good experience, Feinstein said.

“You have a lot more responsibility on your hands,” he said.

But it’s all worth it in the end, Feinstein said.

“You feel more accomplished when you’re done,” he said.

Being able to help out a hometown organization like the Food Pantry made the project that much more rewarding, Feinstein said.

“It’s nice to do a local Eagle River project,” he said. “It’s a good thing to do.

“They appreciate me doing this,” Feinstein said.

Dutton couldn’t agree more.

“Everybody wins out on this project,” she said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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