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Girl Scout Meghan Schoener helps combat hunger

By From page A3 | October 03, 2012

Girl Scout Meghan Schoener has build her Gold Award project around supporting the Upper Room, a place where the homeless can get a good meal. Courtesy photo

Girl Scout Meghan Schoener will host two volunteer training days at the Upper Room in Placerville — a program, she said, will give back to an organization that has done so much.

“What inspired me to do my project was that I’ve been working at the Upper Room since December and I like the atmosphere,” the Oak Ridge sophomore explained. “I really just like the organization because they feed the homeless and for some it’s the only meal they get for the day. My global issue is hunger and the Upper Room [always] has a hot meal for the homeless.

“The best part about the Upper Room is … you have to cook and serve the meals and it teaches you responsibility,” she added.

The Upper Room provides free hot meals every day from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the dining hall, 1868 Broadway in Placerville.

The training sessions, which Meghan said “include a special emphasis on the recognition, promotion and preservation of the dignity and self-esteem of those served,” are part of Meghan’s Girl Scouts Gold Award project. Anyone interested in attending a training session should register vial e-mail: [email protected].

Meghan also received gift cards from Safeway and Bel-Air; she will use these donations to buy perishable items the soup kitchen needs — cheese, milk, hamburgers, etc.

“I think (my project) will impact my community because some people are looking for a place to volunteer and I can bring awareness to the Upper Room,” Meghan said. “What excites me the most is being able to help such a great organization because there are not many like (it) in our area, and I like giving them gift cards so they can feed more people.”

Meghan began volunteering at the non-profit Upper Room, which provides a hot meal and companionship to those in need, as part of her Spirit Alive award and also recently finished her Silver Award.

Samita Dutta

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