DeKALB – Jacob Marx, a Life Scout in Troop 33 in DeKalb, is working on a service project to improve the children’s area at Feed’Em Soup Community Project to earn the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout.
The children’s program is a literacy-based program that follows a theme during each meal. The children listen to a story read aloud by volunteers and are given a chance to create an art project or do a science experiment that relates to the book. Jacob hopes to transform what was once a table with crayons and coloring books into an experience that will inspire kids to learn.
Feed’Em Soup is a modern-day soup kitchen that serves a complete meal on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesday of each month. Diners are asked to pay only what they can afford; extra contributions by those who can afford it cover the meals for those unable to pay. The community project also has a clothing closet and food pantry.
Marx plans to do his project in memory of Lexi Weber, a core member of Feed’Em Soup who was passionate about her dreams to work with and help children and was studying to become a teacher. Weber died in an auto accident on Feb. 21, 2011.
Marx is collecting items in hopes that they will make a lasting effect on the children’s program.
Some of the major items being sought include storage cabinets and containers, educational handheld computers, educational toys and games, art supplies, including paint and white construction paper, and science experiment supplies. There is also an Amazon.com wish list connected to the Feed’Em Soup website under “Lexi’s Kids Corner.”
Any new or gently-used items can be dropped off at Feed’Em Soup in the box labeled “Lexi’s Corner,” or donors can arrange for pickup.