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 Troop 96 Scoutmaster Adam Prokop, left, and troop leader Paul Spiteri deliver lunch to hospital employees at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe April 10.

Troop 96 Scoutmaster Adam Prokop, left, and troop leader Paul Spiteri deliver lunch to hospital employees at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe April 10.

Photo provided by Adam Prokop


Local restaurant, Boy Scouts team up to feed hospital employees

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published April 14, 2020

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“We have very limited staff, but it’s been an honor and a privilege ... to be able to feed these people. Every time I see our food with these people, I just cry because they’re the people who are the true heroes.”

Shannon Nowowiecki, Corner Kitchen co-owner and chef

ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE FARMS/HARPER WOODS — Saying that they feel “blessed and honored to be able to feed these people who are on the front lines,” a St. Clair Shores restaurant helped the 50 members of Boy Scout Troop 96, of Grosse Pointe Farms, provide lunch for hospital workers at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe.

Scoutmaster Adam Prokop said that the troop, which includes scouts in grades 6-12 from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, is very “scout led.” The group usually performs a lot of charitable work throughout the year, and when the COVID-19 crisis hit the area, “a couple of the older boys reached out to us and said, ‘What can we be doing?’”

The troop, founded in 1932 and based out of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, decided to solicit friends and family for donations to provide meals to workers at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe. Although they only asked for each family to donate about $20, Prokop said that they ended up raising more than $1,500. 

Prokop said that he knows Shannon Nowowiecki, who, along with Aimee Walker, owns the Corner Kitchen, 22428 Greater Mack Ave., which opened in St. Clair Shores less than a year ago. Prokop said that since the restaurant was still serving carryout orders, he wanted to support a local business. 

Nowowiecki said that this isn’t the first time that the restaurant has been able to partner with the community to help hospital workers. 

“We fed over 300 people last week,” he said. “We’ve been lucky to have been chosen because we’ll be nine months old in three days. 

“We have very limited staff, but it’s been an honor and a privilege ... to be able to feed these people. Every time I see our food with these people, I just cry because they’re the people who are the true heroes.”

Prokop said that Nowowiecki was generous and gave the troop a discount on the food they were providing to the hospital, so he figures they “probably have enough to do it again.”

The troop provided lunch for nurses, doctors and emergency room attendants April 10.

“It felt good to do it and we got a lot of good feedback,” Prokop said.

Nowowiecki said that several community members who are soliciting donations to feed hospital workers on Facebook, including Food for the Frontlines, have been coming to the Corner Kitchen several times per week. The restaurant is also still open for the public to purchase carryout orders and for curbside service.

“We’re small, we can continue,” he said. “Every week we add new safety precautions and new sanitation methods.”

They felt blessed to be able to provide Easter dinner for hospital workers and every time they can work with the community to help provide a meal, Nowowiecki said.

“We’re honored and blessed and privileged to be able to partner with them,” he said.

While they can’t meet in person or go on their monthly campouts, the Boy Scout troop is working to keep life as normal as possible for their members, Prokop said. They continue to have their weekly meetings on a virtual basis with some of the older boys creating instructional videos to teach the younger members how to build and put out a fire, how to tie knots and how to pack for a campout. 

“We’re really trying to still keep them pumped up,” Prokop said. 

For more information about the Corner Kitchen, call (586) 585-1223 or visit cornerkitchenscs.com. 

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