By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair, October 21, 2020.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been a favorite lunchbox choice of kids in the US for many years. In fact, a 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduation from high school! (Hmmm, I may be “above average.”)
Perhaps from childhood memories, current cravings, or just to follow the guidelines of the Mill Creek Community Food Bank, Mill Creek Garden Club ran a members’ September PB&J Drive which netted 120 jars of peanut butter and 50 jars of jam/jelly.
In addition, canned goods, flour, sugar, spices, and toiletries were collected, bringing the October 2020 donation to almost 400 lbs. As with so many organizations during Covid, we rely heavily on emails, text messages and social media to keep our members informed and engaged in the community.
President Lyndal Kennedy sent a “call to action” email and 1st VP Kathy Thomas graciously agreed to be the drop-off house, plus she even offered to pick up the goods for anyone unable to get to her home. Garden Club has amazing volunteers!
After dropping off the PB&J and other non-perishable items, Kathy stayed to help and watch the procedures in place for the food bank run by Hope Creek Charitable Foundation. She was impressed with the entire operation: the pull dates on all canned goods were checked and marked on lids with a Sharpie pen. Items that could be separated, such as individually-wrapped three packs of “Peanut Butter to Go” were earmarked as snacks for the kids; or set aside for HCCF’s Backpacks of Hope program which provides weekend meals for children and their families during the school year. (Approximately 40 weeks of the year.)
Mill Creek Garden Club may not be meeting, but our caring members answer the call, even when it’s for those delicious, gooey, mouth-watering peanut butter and jelly sandwiches remembered from childhood.
Mill Creek Garden Club donations on the way to the Food Bank. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.