Simply put, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the shelves of your local grocery store are bereft of the products.
That’s because 28,834 pounds of peanut butter and jelly have just been delivered to the Chester County Food Bank in Exton.
The Matt Gorham Group contributed 12,071 pounds to that total to win its fourth consecutive Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive.
The month-long drive was coordinated by the United Way of Chester County in partnership with the 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.
“This event always exceeds our expectations because of the effort of so many in our community,” said Anne Shuniak, the Food Bank’s Marketing and Communications Manager.
“From The Kids’ Academy down the street that paraded their donations down here to the several corporations that donated 1,000-plus pounds, we couldn’t be more thankful for everyone’s contributions.”
According to Shuniak, 5,000 of the jars are earmarked for her organization’s Summer Food Box program, which helps school-age children and their families receive nutritious, easy-to-prepare food during the summer vacation months at their participating member agency or youth center.