This spring and summer, the National Peanut Board has partnered with restaurant chain Which Wich to make thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the hungry across the US through Project PB&J. Check out the most recent “spreading party” with Atlanta’s 11Alive team. While we’ve been able to provide sandwiches to many in need, there is still more that can be done. That’s where you can help make a difference!
Peanut butter is a shelf-stable source of protein that food banks love and need. But oftentimes, the amount of peanut butter on the shelves runs out long before the expiration date on the labels. Food drives occur most often during the winter months, but the bounty collected from those drives doesn’t last long.
That’s why many local food banks are hosting summer food drives and asking for peanut butter, so that their pantries stay full throughout the year. And so that those who face food insecurity have consistent access to the nutritious foods they need.
Here are some local food banks that we’ve highlighted from around the country that are hosting summer food drives and requesting peanut butter:
- Redwood Empire Food Bank has partnered with Lucky Supermarkets in California for a Peanut Butter with a Purpose food drive food drive. They are accepting donations at all Lucky locations in CA through June 17.
- The Oregon Food Bank has joined forces with Ford Feeds Kids and is taking peanut butter donations at all Oregon Ford dealerships through June 13 for the Ford Peanut Butter Drive.
- The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will have a Peanut Butter Drive as part of the 4th annual Summer Shopping Festival on June 6.
- And for the Phillies Phans, the Phillies will host their annual Phans Feeding Families day on June 20 at the Citizens Bank Park, and they have recommended donations of peanut butter and other canned goods.
Search for local food drives this summer in your area, and be sure to have peanut butter on your list of items to donate. For assistance locating local food banks visit Feeding America. And for more information on why food banks need peanut butter, check out our infographic below: