It’s peanut butter and jelly time in Clayton.
Businesses, schools and churches here are challenging each other to donate the most PB&J in a drive to benefit Clayton Area Ministries.
Horne Memorial United Methodist Church is behind the drive, which will culminate in a two-day event for the public at Lowes Foods on U.S. 70 Business. Donors are asked to bring peanut butter and jelly to the grocery store from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 17 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18.
Church members will be on hand to collect the donations, and if you don’t have any PB&J in the pantry, the folks at Lowe’s will be happy to sell you some.
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Horne Memorial member Denny Headington thought up the PB&J drive and encouraged area groups to challenge each other to donate the most. So far, Headington said, groups going head to head include Grifols and Caterpillar, Clayton police and Clayton firefighters, and Flowers Plantation and Riverwood Athletic Club.
Horne Memorial is challenging First Baptist Church, Headington said.
“We weigh everything when it comes in,” Headington said. “Then we’ll put a board up where it shows Caterpillar had this much and Grifols had this much.”
Headington has organized one other PB&J drive, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he and North Strand Helping Hand helped bring in about 10,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly. He said the men’s group at Horne Memorial has also challenged the Helping Hand group this year.
“We found that it works a lot better with the challenges, and we have a lot of people challenging each other,” Headington said. “That’s why I think it’s going to be a real big event.”
Headington said he picked PB&J because it’s high in protein and relatively low in cholesterol. And jelly, who doesn’t like jelly?
“It’s something that doesn’t have a short shelf life,” Headington added. “A loaf of bread and PB&J, you can live.”
Clayton Area Ministries, a food pantry on Main Street, said it continues to feed more people each year, going from about 500 a month in 2013 to 750 a month last year.
“Any peanut butter and jelly collected will be given to CAM for clients in need,” CAM’s director, Dale Matthews, said in a letter. “CAM is so excited about Denny’s enthusiasm to help provide these important food items for our pantry.”
A radio station will broadcast live from the two-day event April 17-18, and Boy Scouts from Horne Memorial will have hot dogs and soft drinks for sale.
For more information, call Headington at 843-907-2727 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104