5th Annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Jar Drive benefits hungry kids

Lavery Greenfield

For the fifth straight year, 11-year-old Lavery Greenfield, along with family and friends, held their annual peanut butter and jelly drive to benefit food insecure children in the region. Lavery developed the idea for the drive in 2013 after she and her family spent an afternoon at The Food Bank’s first-ever Family Volunteer Day and learning about hunger. The campaign started out small, as she collected donations from her school and friends. However, over the years, the drive has expanded to include multiple schools, individuals, businesses and organizations. This year, Lavery and her team collected a record 1,833 pounds of peanut butter and jelly — enough to provide the equivalent of 1,527 meals for hungry kids in western Massachusetts. The Food Bank would like to thank all the amazing kids that participated to help support their community:

Parker, Rowan, Ezra, & Ellis Durant-West
Ruby Ferrari
Caitlin Graves
Lavery Greenfield
Lucy Hoyt
Kai Imperial-Jewett
Winnie & Piper Russell Jones
The Lin Family
Dan & Ben Rondeau
Brody & Harper Phaneuf
Asha & Saumya Kulp
Anna & Cori Scagel