FORT MYERS, Fla. — Community Cooperative is asking businesses and the community to help support a Peanut Butter & Jelly collection drive through April 21. Peanut butter and jelly are some of the most frequently requested items at mobile food pantries because it is kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and protein-rich.
Community Cooperative will be gathering supplies to keep shelves stocked all summer long at a Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive and Community Weigh-In April 21.
“It’s easy for school-age kids to make sandwiches for themselves without risk of cuts or burns,” said Tami Holliday, Community Cooperative’s community relations and development manager. “Of course, peanut butter and jelly isn’t just for kids, but families and seniors also rely on these pantry staples.”
In addition, the collection honors Community Cooperative’s late founder Sam Galloway Jr., who began the Soup Kitchen 37 years ago by handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after church in downtown Fort Myers to people who needed food.
Donations are needed of any brand or type of peanut butter, almond or alternative nut butter, jelly or jam in plastic jars instead of glass. Also, no expired or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will be accepted.
A Weigh-In to see which team and individual collected the most peanut butter and jelly is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21 at Community Cooperative with prizes and fun.
For more info on the PB&J drive, email Tami@communitycooperative.com. A Food Drive Tool Kit and printable flyers are available to decorate collection boxes or bins. Financial donations to purchase peanut butter and jelly for the drive are also welcome. For more information visit CommunityCooperative.com.