Kenly Police And Kenly Area Ministries Join Forces To Support Children During Summer Break

Kenly Police Chief James Ayers (center), Detective Sergeant T. Pierce (left), and Kenly Area Ministries’ representative Sheila McNeill (right) display some of the peanut butter and jelly collected for children in the Kenly area this summer. The items will be distributed Saturday, July 8, 2023.

KENLY – In North Carolina, one in four children doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. That number is a real concern in the summer months when kids don’t have access to breakfast and lunch in public schools.

The Kenly Police Department has joined forces with Kenly Area Ministries to provide peanut butter and jelly for children during the summer break.

Police Chief James Ayers says it’s an important community initiative aimed at collecting and distributing peanut butter and jelly to support children in the Kenly community. The joint effort is focused on addressing food insecurity and ensuring that children have access to nutritious meals while they are out of school.

Kenly Area Ministries will be distributing the donated peanut butter and jelly on Saturday, July 8 from 9:00am to 11:00am at 212 W. Second Street in Kenly.

“We encourage families in need to come to the distribution event to receive peanut butter and jelly for their children,” Chief Ayers said. “This effort aims to alleviate hunger and ensure that no child goes without a meal during the summer months.”

Chief Ayers also expressed his appreciation for the partnership with Kenly Area Ministries. “Our collaboration with Kenly Area Ministries allows us to extend our commitment to the community’s well-being, particularly our children. By working together, we can provide essential nourishment and support for those in need.”

Kenly Area Ministries representative Sheila McNeill added, “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Kenly Police Department in this important endeavor. The distribution event will help ensure that children have access to nutritious meals and enjoy a healthier summer break.”

“Together, we can make a positive impact and create a brighter future for the children in our community,” Chief Ayers added.