November 05, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive

November 05, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

The North Texas Food Bank is honored to have partnered with the City of Plano and Mayor LaRosiliere for the 5th annual Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive.

The reason peanut butter was chosen for the drive is that it is an excellent source of protein, it’s kid friendly, has a long shelf-life and is also one of the most requested and least donated items for food banks. Mayor LaRosiliere stated, “By donating a jar of peanut butter, you’re helping someone in your community, people that you might even know and that you just don’t realize are in that situation. So thank you for making the difference.”

It is shocking that over 130,000 people in Collin County, 44,000 of which are children, are going hungry. Food insecurity does not just impact those that go through hunger, it impacts our entire community. When the North Texas Food Bank first partnered with Plano Mayor LaRosiliere in 2014, the Mayor wanted to help raise awareness surrounding the issue of hunger, especially in children. He pitched the idea of hosting a peanut butter drive with the goal of collecting 10,000 pounds. That first year, we collected just over 4,500 pounds.

Now in our 5th year of collecting peanut butter, Mayor LaRosiliere and the City of Plano set an ambitious goal of collecting 50,000 pounds of peanut butter, and we are thrilled to announce that 77,810 pounds were gathered!

We are amazed at the generosity of those in Collin County, and the surrounding areas. We are grateful that the City of Plano, Mayor LaRosiliere, and everyone who donated to the drive care as much as we do about closing the hunger gap here in North Texas. As we reflect on the hard work put into this year’s Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive, we look forward to the 6th annual drive, and getting closer to creating a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

 

 

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The North Texas Food Bank is honored to have partnered with the City of Plano and Mayor LaRosiliere for the 5th annual Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive.

The reason peanut butter was chosen for the drive is that it is an excellent source of protein, it’s kid friendly, has a long shelf-life and is also one of the most requested and least donated items for food banks. Mayor LaRosiliere stated, “By donating a jar of peanut butter, you’re helping someone in your community, people that you might even know and that you just don’t realize are in that situation. So thank you for making the difference.”

It is shocking that over 130,000 people in Collin County, 44,000 of which are children, are going hungry. Food insecurity does not just impact those that go through hunger, it impacts our entire community. When the North Texas Food Bank first partnered with Plano Mayor LaRosiliere in 2014, the Mayor wanted to help raise awareness surrounding the issue of hunger, especially in children. He pitched the idea of hosting a peanut butter drive with the goal of collecting 10,000 pounds. That first year, we collected just over 4,500 pounds.

Now in our 5th year of collecting peanut butter, Mayor LaRosiliere and the City of Plano set an ambitious goal of collecting 50,000 pounds of peanut butter, and we are thrilled to announce that 77,810 pounds were gathered!

We are amazed at the generosity of those in Collin County, and the surrounding areas. We are grateful that the City of Plano, Mayor LaRosiliere, and everyone who donated to the drive care as much as we do about closing the hunger gap here in North Texas. As we reflect on the hard work put into this year’s Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive, we look forward to the 6th annual drive, and getting closer to creating a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

 

 

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