United Way, Food Bank push PB&J prowess

Last year the United Way of Chester County and the Chester County Food Bank showed that they work together as effectively as peanut butter and jelly.

The reigning PB&J King is Matt Gotham,

The reigning PB&J King is Matt Gorham, whose team donated 694 pounds in 2015.

Now the agencies are sticking together for the Second Annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, an initiative to boost the coffers of the Food Bank during summer months when food pantry supplies are low. Peanut butter and jelly is deemed the food of choice because of its mass appeal, grab-and-go versatility, and nutritious-packed protein, vitamins and minerals, according to a United Way press release.

Last year the community’s overwhelming support provided 2.5 tons of peanut butter and jelly items through localized collection drives at churches, schools, service organizations and companies. The community is invited to get involved again this year to form teams and collect peanut butter, alternative spreads such as soy, almond, and sunflower butters, and jelly through the drive’s closing date on June 3.

“We’re honored to partner with the Chester County Food Bank again this year to help raise awareness about the growing need of food donations and other ways the community can get involved to help break the cycle of poverty and hunger in Chester County,” United Way of Chester County’s CEO Claudia Hellebush said in the release.

Donations should be dropped off at the Chester County Food Bank on Friday, June 3 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at 650 Pennsylvania Ave., Exton (Eagleview Corporate Center.)

Participants are invited to stick around for an official weigh-in of their collections to determine the PB&J King. That title last year went to the Matt Gorham Team of Keller Williams, which donated 694 pounds of PB&J to the cause. A complimentary lunch will be served while donators wait for the results with a variety of PB&J “gourmet” sandwiches.

Tours of the Chester County Food Bank will also be available. For more information or questions, contact Anne Shuniak at ashuniak@chestercountyfoodbank.org or Chris Saello at chris.saello@unitedwaychestercounty.org.


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