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Gwinnett co-ops in need of specific donations

Cooperatives around the county are in need of items as it is a constant challenge for the co-ops to keep their shelves filled with food and other useful items. Volunteer Keecia Pittman, left, hands a bag full of food items to Pat Norris of Buford at the North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries, Inc. in Buford Thursday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Cooperatives around the county are in need of items as it is a constant challenge for the co-ops to keep their shelves filled with food and other useful items. Volunteer Keecia Pittman, left, hands a bag full of food items to Pat Norris of Buford at the North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries, Inc. in Buford Thursday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

TO DONATE

• The Duluth Co-op accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The co-op is located 3395 Fox St. N.W. in Duluth. For more information, visit www.duluthco-op.o...

• Donations can be made at the North Gwinnett Co-op from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The co-op is at 4395 Commerce Drive in Buford. For more information, visit www.northgwinnett...

• Donation hours for the Lilburn Co-op, which is at 5329 Five Forks Trickum Road S.W. in Lilburn, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit lilburncoop.org.

• The Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, located at 1200 Athens Highway in Grayson, accepts donations from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit segwinnettcoop.org/wordpress/ for more information.

• The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry is at 176 Church St. in Lawrenceville and accepts donations from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Donations are also accepted from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, visit www.lawrenceville...

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The shelf used to store peanut butter and jelly is beginning to thin out at the North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries, Inc. in Buford Thursday. Donations are needed. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Maureen Kornowa, outgoing executive director, at North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries, Inc. talks about how a $2,000 donation was used to purchase more than $11,000 worth of food items in 2013 thanks to extreme couponing in Buford Thursday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

DULUTH — Some shelves at Hands of Christ, a Duluth Cooperative Ministry, and North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries are almost empty, specifically those where peanut butter and jelly are stored.

The Duluth Co-op is a Gwinnett nonprofit that assists residents in need with food, rent and utilities and purchasing medication.

And now that co-op, and others, is in need of two staple items.

“If I get a whole bunch of peanut butter and jelly, I’ll be happy,” said Mary Roberts, executive director of Hands of Christ.

Other cooperative ministries in Gwinnett are also in need of specific items, including peanut butter and jelly. North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries, which serves Buford, Sugar Hill and Suwanee residents, is in need of food — boxed, canned or bagged dry pantry items.

“We like to collect things that feed families inexpensively,” said Maureen Kornowa, outgoing executive director, “pounds of pasta and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, canned meats, canned fruits and veggies.”

The Lilburn Cooperative Ministry is in need of baby diapers in sizes 3, 4 and 5, as well as wipes and powder laundry detergent, said Patty Kosolapoff, assistant director for the organization.

The Southeast Gwinnett Co-op lists some of the same items other co-ops need, including peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce and laundry detergent. The same goes for the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, which lists shaghetti sauce, peanut butter and jelly and canned meats and fruits.

The cooperative ministries are already looking toward the summer months, when donations wane and the needs increase.

“Donations typically seem to be at the thinnest in July, August, September,” Kornowa said. “It’s an important time for people to remember to give because we feed and clothes and provide financial assistance to families all year.”