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.
About Community Cooperative
For 35 years, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity. For more resources and information on how to get involved, Tami@CommunityCooperative.com or call 239-332-7687 ext. 125. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be made directly at www.CommunityCooperative.com, or mailed to: Community Cooperative, P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.