Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.
When 18-year-old Andrew Pappas, of Cornelius, North Carolina, had to complete his Eagle Scout Service Project, he wanted to do something to help alleviate food insecurity. Inspired by volunteering at a Catholic church’s food pantry with his family, he had an idea of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to those who needed it most.
Andrew came up with a community refrigerator. The fridge would be accessible 24 hours a day, located right outside the Ada Jenkins Center in the Charlotte area. The center is a nonprofit that helps those in need become financially stable and they have an indoor food pantry. Andrew’s food refrigerator sits outside the center covered by a shed he built. There’s a shelf next to it that’s used for non-perishable items. Andrew said everyone deserves fresh fruits and veggies and they can come at any time – day or night – to get what they need.
Andrew’s project won him an Eagle Scout award, and he plans to continue volunteering to give back to his community.
Learn more about Andrew’s community refrigerator in this story as covered by Charlotte’s Spectrum News.
We’re happy to recognize 18-year-old Andrew Pappas for being such a great role model to everyone who knows him. Andrew, you are our ACC Hero of the Week!
Nominate a Hero of the Week
Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!