Bank of North Georgia hosts ‘Back to School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive’

Wed, 07/16/2008 - 8:20am
By: The Citizen

Bank of North Georgia will host a ‘Back to School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive’ to benefit 17 local food banks that are located near the bank’s 34 offices from Monday, July 14 through Saturday, July 26.

Local residents, customers and friends of Bank of North Georgia are encouraged to visit any of their 34 bank offices and drop off as much peanut butter and jelly as they can carry. The banking team would love to see both creamy and crunchy varieties of peanut butter and every imaginable flavor of jelly to appeal to every child in metro Atlanta.

Those donating should stop by during normal banking hours.

Local branches of the bank can be found in Fayetteville, Peachtree City and Tyrone. Visit for specific location addresses.

Food banks/pantries were selected based on their proximity to Bank of North Georgia’s bank offices. Local partners include Fayette Samaritans and Real Life Crisis Center.

Bank of North Georgia is very much at the heart of community life in North Georgia, supporting those institutions and programs that make our local communities desirable places to live and work. Recognizing that there is an urgent need for food that offers good nutrition to children, the bank decided to focus on a staple lunchtime classic – peanut butter and jelly – in preparation for the busy school year that will kick off in August throughout metro Atlanta.

According to Kessel Stelling, president and CEO of Bank of North Georgia, “Our team members are committed to developing programs that support and serve the community in the best possible ways. Sometimes it’s volunteering time to organizations in need or donating money for a worthwhile cause. Quite often it’s simply lending our banking expertise. This summer, we believe it’s taking the time to partner with our local food banks and collect food for the children in our communities that need it most.”

“The slumping economy combined with climbing food and gas prices have caused more and more local families to reach out to local food banks for assistance. At North Fulton Community Charities food requests are up nearly 20 percent this summer. Peanut butter and jelly is a childhood staple and one of the most requested food items. We appreciate Bank of North Georgia's assistance in getting the word out about this need and helping fill each child's lunchbox with healthy food,” said Barbara S. Duffy, executive director of North Fulton Community Charities.

For more information about this exciting initiative that is being supported by local radio stations and a listing of bank office locations, please visit

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