PB & J at STK

Alayna Camisa, Staff Writer

I got my materials and put my doctor gloves on. I took the butter knife and smeared the peanut butter on both of the sides of the bread. I then took some jelly and dabbed a good amount   in the middle. My hand was cramping up, but I was determined. We’re in the cafeteria of  St. Kilian’s Parish. 500 pieces of bread. 250 sandwiches. 20 people. 1 night.

Student Government Association, also known as SGA, is a club that allows students to take on responsibilities and spread spirit throughout the school by putting together fun activities and events. SGA is occupied by students that take role and represent their school. This club wanted to take their reputation a little further by doing community service for Farmingdale. They offered to help the St. Kilian’s Parish and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless on Long Island.

I have participated in this service and find it moving that people come together and help out people in need. If we can get more clubs and groups of people to help, we can make a difference in our society. You are not only helping people in need, but you are helping yourself to change for the better. This service occurs once a month in the basement of the parish where the cafeteria is located.

As you walk in, adults that also volunteer are gathering all the bread, jelly, and

peanut butter to put on the tables that are set up in the back. Where do they get all of the materials to make the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? The St. Killian’s church takes the money that we donate to them to buy the pb&j sandwiches to help the people in our community. There are tables filled with each material. For example, there would be a table filled with bread loaves and another table filled with jelly. It almost looks like a factory of jelly, peanut butter, and bread. It is like a never ending pile. One of the best parts of this service is that they teach you to make the sandwiches. Yes, there is a certain way to make pb&j. They taught me to put peanut butter on both sides of the bread and put the jelly on. They do it this way so the jelly doesn’t leak out. They make around 250 sandwiches every first Thursday of the month, then deliver them on Saturday morning to the soup kitchen. The limit on the sandwiches is 250 because they do not want any of the sandwiches to go to waste.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   They also offer community service papers for all of those in need for hours for their college applications. This is a great opportunity to help your community while getting community service hours. All ages are allowed to come and help out.