United Way, Chester County Food Bank Kick Off Fourth Annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

Employees of Shire, a pharmaceutical company in Exton, and members of The Matt Gorham Group share a light-hearted moment after last year's weigh-in for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive.

For the fourth consecutive year, the United Way of Chester County is partnering with the Chester County Food Bank to fill the latter’s shelves for the summer and hopefully beyond with an in-demand food that is both high in protein and easy for a child to make.

The Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive will culminate with the official weigh-in on Friday, June 1 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.

The Food Bank will accept any type of peanut, almond, or alternative nut butter, jelly, or jam. It asks that no items contain high fructose corn syrup or trans fats. To avoid breakage, plastic jars are preferred instead of glass. Also, no expired or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches.

Chester County Food BankDonations can be delivered as part of the community weigh-in on June 1 (11:30 AM-1:30 PM) to the Food Bank at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton. If you need an alternate delivery date, please e-mail food@chestercountyfoodbank.org.

Enjoy the camaraderie and the Food Bank’s PB&J Café, which will feature the crowd-pleasing sandwich, as well as modern flavor updates.

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Last year’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive netted 27,153 pounds of the products. The Matt Gorham Group, a collection of civic-minded realtors, facilitated the donation of 5,058 pounds to win for the third consecutive year.

“While we love the competitive aspect of the Drive, whether you donate one jar or 1,000, the real winners are those who struggle with food insecurity,” said Chris Saello, Senior Vice President of the United Way of Chester County. “Whatever you contribute, just know that you are part of a larger effort to help the community.”

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 ashuniak@chestercountyfoodbank.org or Chris Saello at csaello@uwchestercounty.org.

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