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By Michael Souza
PBN Staff Writer
WESTERLY – Washington Trust has announced its 12th annual peanut butter drive through the month of March, with donations going directly to local Rhode Island food pantries. Why peanut butter? It's high in protein, loved by children and adults, and expensive for families in need. One jar of donated peanut butter can make about 16 sandwiches. Since beginning its campaign in 2001, Washington Trust has collected 94 tons of peanut butter. By joining the peanut butter drive, you can make a difference.
The bank will also host a series of “I Luv RI” events to collect donations. Jars of new, unopened peanut butter can be dropped off at any of Washington Trust’s 18 branch locations or at the following events:
You can also start a collection at your business, school or community group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a participation form to get started. Or, you can go to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s virtual peanut butter drive to donate what you would have spent on your lunch.
“Over the past 10 years we’ve fed millions of Rhode Islanders but the need still exists,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, chairman, president and CEO of Washington Trust.
“Hungry children across our state are counting on the success of this important peanut butter drive,” said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “We deeply appreciate the efforts by Washington Trust and the donors throughout Rhode Island for helping us fight hunger in our state.”