Scouts in Paramus, New Jersey, USA, operate a Mobile Emergency Response Kitchen (MERK) to help feed first responders and di
“This is a programme geared to engage our kids in helping and supporting the community while learning from their experience
When Scout volunteers have a good idea, they tend not to hoard it for themselves. They want to share it with others. That’s
“I could see this programme expanding across the country”, he says. “We have grown with the good nature of people and their
Hill says the MERK can feed up to 180 people an hour. That’s an impressive number and it was tested and surpassed on 4 July
“The engine and drivetrain were sound”, Hill says. “But the body was in need of work.”
And so the Scouts got to work. Using donated paint and supplies, Troop 138 Scouts and a few leaders painted the rig.
“Seeing the programme through their eyes has been a special experience for me and has created an incredible bond between us
Story from Bryan Wendell, 13 November 2019, for his Bryan on Scouting blog.