• Southern Ridge Café co-owner Harley Masters completed her GAL training in December and is collecting peanut butter and jelly at Southern Ridge. (Brandon Roberts/News-Journal)
    Southern Ridge Café co-owner Harley Masters completed her GAL training in December and is collecting peanut butter and jelly at Southern Ridge. (Brandon Roberts/News-Journal)

PB&J collection campaign underway

BAKERSVILLE – In addition to its child advocacy work, North Carolina Guardian ad Litem, or GAL, hosts the Peanut Butter & Jelly Campaign, an annual statewide service project. 

GAL districts across North Carolina this past year collected 8,723 jars of peanut butter and jelly for food pantries around the state. Now in its second year, the campaign is aiming to donate 10,000 jars.

Southern Ridge Café co-owner Harley Masters completed her GAL training in December and is collecting peanut butter and jelly at Southern Ridge. 

“We live in a very poor area, and there’s not much assistance for those struggling with addiction or mental health issues,” Masters said. “Many people rely on food pantries to get by, and there are way too many kids in foster care. Please consider sending some jars of PB&J for this fundraiser to help stock the food pantries.”

The campaign ends Jan. 21 and coincides with Make a Difference Day, Giving Tuesday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the MLK Day of Service. Any interested community member can participate, including local businesses, places of worship and schools – as well as those already involved with GAL, including staff, volunteers and friends and supporters of the program. 

The MItchell News

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