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Hungry people need peanut butter, and you can help

News Source: Philadelphia Weekly's Philly Now

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger says about half a million people in Philadelphia don’t have proper access to food. That means that, because their resources — earnings, government benefits, family, etc. — aren’t enough for them to attain healthy, balanced nutrition, those people live with hunger.

Philabundance is one of the charities that works to pick up the slack where government fails. This Valentine’s Day, the group is out to combat hunger in the city with a very specific solution: peanut butter.

Philabundance, which says it serves about 75,000 people per week — a quarter of them children — is requesting donations of peanut butter and jelly through February, in a campaign dubbed ‘Spread the Love.’

“Peanut butter is nutritious and it’s a great source of protein,” the organization explains in a press release, “but many families in the Delaware Valley cannot afford it. With your help, we hope to collect and raise money for 10,000 plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly, and ‘Spread the Love’ to neighbors struggling to feed their families during the cold winter months.”

A car dealership, Glanzmann Subaru of Jekintown, has partnered with Philabundance, saying that they’ll match donations jar for jar, or dollar for dollar, up to $5,000.

People can even text “FOOD” to 41010 to give $10. Philabundance says a texted $10 donation will make 65 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

To donate, Philabundance says folks can drop off plastic jars of peanut butter of jelly at the organization’s Hunger Relief Center, make an online donation, attend a “Spread the Love” event, hold a food drive, or volunteer and bring a donation to the service commitment.

The organization is quick to point out that even a mere $20 buys an entire case of peanut butter for those in need.

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