January 24, 2019

The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (a program of the Allegan County Community Foundation) is excited to kick off our annual Peanut Butter Drive on National Peanut Butter Day – January 24th!

The drive runs from January 24 to February 28, 2019. Our goal this year – 6,000 jars! This goal will provide the pantries of the Collaborative with enough peanut butter to distribute for one month. Peanut butter is high in fat and calories (with around 190 calories and 16 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons). The great news is you get a lot of nutrition for your 190-calorie investment. Peanut butter remains one of the top 3 items requested by our food pantry members.

Peanut butter jars will be distributed to our 16-member pantries county-wide: Allegan United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, Allegan County Food Pantry, Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church, Hungry for Christ, Christian Neighbors Plainwell, St. Margaret – St. Vincent DePaul, Martin United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Douglas, Ladders of Hope, Love, Inc. Pullman, Hopkins United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Wayland, Project Hope and Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Where can you drop off jars of peanut butter during the peanut butter drive?

Allegan County Community Foundation, Allegan Twp. Hall, Cheshire Twp. Hall, Clyde Twp. Hall, Fillmore Twp. Hall, Ganges Twp. Hall, Gun Plain Twp. Hall, Hopkins Village & Twp. drop site is at Hopkins District Library, Laketown Twp. Hall, Leighton Twp. drop site is at Leighton Twp. Library, Saugatuck Twp. Hall, Wayland Twp. Hall, Allegan City Hall, Otsego City Hall, Plainwell City Hall, Valley Twp. Hall, Wayland City Hall, Douglas City Hall, Saugatuck City Hall, Fennville City Hall, MSU Extension Office at the Allegan County DHS complex, Rivertown Gym, Otsego Health & Fitness, Walmart, Blue Star Gym, Repz Gym, Allegan Credit Union – Allegan location, Allegan Credit Union – Fennville location, Dollar General – 1563 Lincoln Rd. location…other locations will be added, so please check our Facebook page and our February e-newsletter.

Allegan County Community Foundation has a peanut butter tower growing in their front window, please help make it bigger and bigger and be sure to drop by and see it!

Food Pantry Story:

Every month more than 6,000 people county-wide receive food from a food pantry.  “Dorothy” is a lovely 74-year old senior citizen new to Allegan County in 2018. She found one of our pantry members through recommendations from several residents in the same apartment complex. She has utilized the pantry’s services 5 times this past year, especially when “extra bills come due”. Dorothy says the staff at the pantry is super friendly and accommodating, and she is thankful “the pantry is here to help her when she needs help.”

We need your help with getting the word out on this very important drive which will help so many families in Allegan County.

Thank you,

Jennifer Collins, Marketing and Growth Director

Allegan County Community Foundation