Girl Scout Troop 1160 is seeking to to collect as many children's books as possible for "The Book Fairy Pantry Project" as a winter community service project.

Scouts are collecting new or gently used children's books, for children from birth to grade school until Feb. 5. The goal is to provide books free to families that use the Warren Food Pantry, and encourage parents to read to their children. They hope this will help children learn to read and foster a lifelong love of reading.

The Book Fairy Pantry Project is a Maine nonprofit organization, with the mission "To put children’s books in the hands of all parents so there will be…No Child With No Books." The organization's goal  is to end childhood illiteracy through a grassroots family literacy movement using food pantries to reach out to families who may not have the money to purchase books for their children.

The troop is asking for public donations to help them reach their goal. Books may be dropped off at the Warren Free Public Library in the collection box during business hours.

Scouts will sort the books and then deliver them to the "Bread for the Journey" Warren Food Pantry, located at the Old Brick School — an outreach program of the Warren Baptist Church.

Girl Scout Troop 1160 is comprised of scouts in grades eight through 12 from the communities of Warren, Waldoboro, Thomaston and Washington.