The North Augusta Junior Women’s League is well on its way to kick-starting the Golden Harvest Food Bank’s BackPack Program at North Augusta Elementary School.
In March, the organization held an oyster roast and raised more than $1,500. The group hopes to raise more with a barbecue on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mathis Realty.
Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. The plates will include pulled pork, green beans and potato salad. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward getting the program started at the school.
People may also send donations to the North Augusta Junior Women’s League for the program or to the Golden Harvest Food Bank.
The program provides a weekend’s worth of food for needy children each week during the school year. The bags are placed in their book bags on the last school day of the week.
It costs $160 to sponsor one child for a 32-week school term. The league plans to present a check to Golden Harvest Food Bank and North Augusta Elementary in June to get the program started.
“The goal for the Junior Women’s League is to make an impact on the lives of children in North Augusta,” said Lauren Muns, a member of the league’s board. Other board members are Lesli Bolick, Mendy Demine, Alexis Sandoval and Abbie Ethun.
The league also has several ideas for children and family-oriented events they hope to implement in the future, she said.
The league has more than 20 members in Aiken and Edgefield counties.