PB&J drive

United Way of Brevard’s Emerging Leaders will host their annual Social with a Purpose – PB&J Drive Wednesday, June 5 at 28 North Gastropub in Viera. RSVP by May 31 to dbenitez@uwbrevard.org or (321) 631-2740.

ROCKLEDGE – Still beaming from the April 24 announcement of United Way of Brevard’s 2018 campaign results, which showed that the organization raised more than $6,069,110 – a 3.4 percent increase over the prior year’s $5,867,000 – members of the nonprofit are aiming to top the results of another annual event: the sixth annual Emerging Leaders Social with a Purpose – PB&J Drive.

The social, geared toward mid-career professionals, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at 28 North Gastropub, 2250 Town Center Ave. Ste. 101 in Viera. RSVP by May 31 to dbenitez@uwbrevard.org or (321) 631-2740.

Driven by a volunteer and advocacy movement within United Way across the country, the local Emerging Leaders group was inspired to hold a peanut butter and jelly drive in June because the school year’s end leaves many students without access to a mid-day meal.

“Each summer, local food pantries are hit hard as kids leave school and lose access to free breakfast and lunch,” said Kristin Colacchio, United Way of Brevard’s Emerging Leaders chair.

“United Way’s Emerging Leaders work with the community to collect PB&J,” Ms. Colacchio added. “We coordinate with the companies that participate in the United Way Campaign as well as the community. Donated items can be brought to the Social Event on June 5th or United Way will arrange for it to be picked-up.”

This year, the group has set out with an ambitious goal of collecting double the amount they collected last year.

“We collected over 3,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly, which is enough to make 30,000 sandwiches,” Ms. Colacchio said of the 2018 drive. “The recipient families and the sharing centers were very appreciative. This [year] we’re looking to increase by 50%. We’re partnered across the country with various companies and community leaders to support this drive.”

For more information, visit www.uwbrevard.org.

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