It’s June, school is out and that means that it’s time for the fourth annual Project PBJ, a peanut butter and jelly drive, sponsored by the Old Bridge Historic Society (OBHS), formerly known as the Old Bridge Preservation Society. Jars and jars of peanut butter and jelly will be collected for Project PBJ at a number of area locations – just look (or ask) for the labeled box or bag! The Seaside United Methodist Church Food Pantry will distribute the collected peanut butter and jelly to families with children.
2019 is the fourth year that the OBHS will be sponsoring the drive for peanut butter and jelly. Last year over 750 pounds of delicious and nutritious peanut butter and jelly were donated by concerned citizens and used to replenish food pantry shelves. Each year our community has been most generous. We are hopeful that the trend will continue, as there is a great need for Project PBJ in our area during the summer. During the school year many children get their main meal through the schools’ free and reduced lunch program. When school is not in session it becomes more difficult for children to get nutritious food. Please consider donating to OBHS’s Project PBJ and helping children during the summer months. Good nutrition enables children to be strong and healthy learners.
Project PBJ fosters a community connection between local businesses and nonprofits and children in need. Seaside UMC Food Pantry Director, Ann Pike states, “The food pantry has been a strong outreach ministry of Seaside for many years, and the church family supports it generously. But community involvement, such as the donation of peanut butter and jelly in the summer, enables us to assist our neighbors who are food deficient even more so. These additional food items are very helpful to our clients and are much needed and appreciated.” Some of those generous donors are people that use Core and More Fitness. Core & More Fitness in Shallotte has been a supporter since the very first year of Project PBJ. Owner, Chris Prevatte, “We want to help kids in our community have good nutrition to be strong and healthy. Our clients love to participate in Project PBJ!”
So when you are out and about in the month of June with your jars of peanut butter and jelly, find the labeled Project PBJ donation bins at the many participating area locations. Some of the businesses that will be collecting are Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce (Shallotte), Century 21 (Sunset Beach), Core & More Fitness (Shallotte), CresCom Bank’s Sunset Beach branch, Dixon’s Chapel, Ingram Planetarium, Island Breeze, Museum of Coastal Carolina, Oceans Salon and Spa, Old Bridge Historical Society Museum and Interpretive Center, Seaside United Methodist Church, Sea Trail, Silver Coast Winery, South State Bank’s Sunset Beach branch, Sunset Beach Town Hall, The Olive Press, Windowz, and many, many more. If you don’t see the bin, just ask an employee.
You can also drop by and drop in a jar of peanut butter and/or jelly at the Old Bridge Historical Society Museum and Interpretive Center. The summer hours are from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be a History Walk every Thursday at the Sunset Beach Town Park Veteran’s Memorial at 11:00 a.m. and beginning June 19 through August 14, every Wednesday at 10:30 will be the Young Explorers Club. For more information about hours and specific summer programming, call 910-363-6585 or visit oldbridgepreservationsociety.org. Volunteers from OBHS are looking forward to stocking SUMC Food Pantry shelves with jars and jars of PB & J.