That question is on the minds of many as the United Way of Chester County continues its tradition of partnering with the Chester County Food Bank to ensure that its shelves are stocked with the necessary ingredients to make the classic, protein-filled sandwich that so many of us love.
The Third Annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive and Community Weigh-In has officially commenced, and the culmination will take place today from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Food Bank in Eagleview.
Until then, we, here at VISTA Today, can only speculate whether another individual or business can coordinate the donation of more peanut butter and jelly than The Matt Gorham Group of Keller Williams Realty.
For the record, Matt and his associates facilitated the donation of a cool 694 pounds in 2015 to win the inaugural drive, then followed that up with a whopping 2,093 pounds last year.
With Gorham and his folks literally contributing a ton of PB&J, it’s going to take a Herculean effort to supplant the real estate group as the winner of the drive.
We’ll know in two weeks if another competitor is as equally as dedicated to ending hunger in Chester County and can knock off the two-time defending champion. The Food Bank’s neighbors, Shire and Bentley Systems, have both been rumored to be up for the challenge.
The Food Bank will accept any type of peanut, almond, or alternative nut butter, jelly, or jam. To avoid breakage, plastic jars are preferred instead of glass. Also, no expired or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches.
The donations need to be delivered on June 2 to the Food Bank at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton, where the Community Weigh-In will take place. If you’re unable to donate that day, please call or e-mail the Food Bank to set up an alternative time.
While there, you can enjoy lunch from the Food Bank’s PB&J Café, which will feature the crowd-pleasing sandwich, as well as modern flavor updates. Think sriracha hot sauce and bacon!
“In the first two years of the initiative, the community responded with tremendous support, donating over 4,906 pounds of peanut butter and jelly in year one, and over 11,000 in the second year,” said Chris Saello, Senior Vice President of the United Way of Chester County. “This year, our hope is to collect 15,000 pounds.”
If you’re unable to participate directly in the drive, please consider making a financial donation. Because the Food Bank can buy the food its clients need in bulk, it can stretch your dollars further to purchase even more of this important pantry staple. Click here to donate.
For more information, contact Anne Shuniak at email@example.com or Chris Saello at firstname.lastname@example.org.