At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
Marina Caputo from Worthington decided she wanted to do more to help her neighbors in need. After hearing about local hunger, she pledged to collect one ton of peanut butter to donate to The Food Bank of Western Mass.
Marina’s choice of food is an excellent one; peanut butter is one of The Food Bank’s most-needed foods because of its popularity among our 300 member agencies. It is shelf stable, high in protein, and kids like it.
The timing of this drive couldn’t be better. Marina hopes to reach her goal by the end of June, just in time for summer. This time of year is especially difficult for food insecure families with children who no longer receive free school meals. The peanut butter will be a welcome sight on pantry shelves. The price of this product has also skyrocketed recently. During one quarter last year, the cost of peanut butter went up 60 percent.
If you’re interested in donating to Marina’s peanut butter drive, you can drop off peanut butter at one of the following locations: Corners Grocery in Worthington, Williamsburg Market in Williamsburg, Whole Foods in Hadley, and Tanya’s Salon in Worthington. Help Marina reach her goal!
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