Food banks across America are feeling the impact from the rising cost of peanut butter, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Peanut butter prices skyrocketed more than 30 percent over the past few months due to a poor harvest season.
What most of us don’t consider is that the increase we experience as consumers, also impacts organizations like food banks and other hunger relief agencies. Not only does the consumer price increase adversely affect food donations, it also limits our ability to purchase the necessary product we need to supply our partner agencies.
Our goal is to provide at least one jar of peanut butter in each emergency food box distributed through our Emergency Food Box program. Additionally, many of our 400 partner agencies provide peanut butter as a staple item at Kids Café sites, Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens and other on/off site feeding programs.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen fewer jars of peanut butter collected through food drives over the past few months and we are having to purchase more, at much higher prices. This is where you come in. We are counting on you.
Host a food drive and collect peanut butter at your school, office or church in February to help us Spread the Love across our service area. And, now through February 14, Kroger will donate a jar of peanut butter for every like we receive on our Facebook page.
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