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Spread the Love This Valentine’s Day With Peanut Butter and Jelly

Philabundance needs community support to meet the growing need and make up for the 30 percent increase in peanut butter prices

PHILADELPHIA – January 30, 2012-From February 1st  through Valentine’s Day, Philabundance is holding the third annual SPREAD THE LOVE FOOD DRIVE to collect as much peanut butter and jelly as possible, as these food staples are in high demand by the community in need. The price of peanut butter has increased by close to 30 percent over the past year due to weather conditions and failing crops making it more difficult for families to purchase.

ShopRite will donate a jar of peanut butter or jelly to Philabundance for every new fan that “Likes” Philabundance on Facebook from February 1st through February 14th. Each person that joins the Spread the Love event page on Facebook will be entered to win a $500 airline voucher within the continental US from US Airways or a 7-night stay at a Caribbean resort through Elite Island Resorts. Elite Island Resorts is providing Philabundance with two vouchers for a 7-night stay at a Caribbean resort for Spread the Love.

Other ways to support Philabundance from February 1st – 14th include:
-    Commenting on the Spread the Love post on Philabundance’s blog which will be posted on February 1st.
-    Dropping off jars of peanut butter and jelly at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center located at 3616 South Galloway Street in South Philadelphia or Philabundance’s Berks Warehouse located at 302 West Berks Street in North Philadelphia for an opportunity to double your chance to win a 7-night stay at a Caribbean resort through Elite Island Resorts. One raffle ticket will be given for each 25 jars (up to 5 chances) of peanut butter or jelly dropped off to Philabundance.
-    Making a donation online. Online donations can be made via Philabundance at www.philabundance.org/SpreadTheLove  or Mix 106, www.mixphiladelphia.com and all proceeds will go to purchase peanut butter and jelly
-    The last chance to donate jars of peanut butter and jelly will be at Philabundance’s Singles Volunteer Night on February 14th from 5:30- 8:30 pm. Dropping off a donation at the event will enter you in to win a 7-night stay at a Caribbean resort through Elite Island Resorts. To participate, contact Jan at jbarnett@philabundance.org.
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“Peanut Butter is high in protein which makes it nutritious, as well as popular and highly demanded from our neighbors struggling to feed their families.  Peanut butter prices are up 30 percent over the last year due to poor growing conditions making donations harder to secure,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “The Spread the Love food drive, made possible by the generous support from ShopRite may be our only means to get peanut butter out into the community this year.”

Because of ShopRite’s support, Philabundance secured more than 5,200 pounds of peanut butter and jelly during last year’s Spread the Love food drive. With an increase in need of 26% over the past year, community participation is key to Spreading the Love and serving neighbors in need in the Delaware Valley.

“ShopRite Partners In Caring is proud to support Philabundance and its Spread the Love campaign in this effort to bring simple comfort foods to those who need them most,” said Christine Magyarits, Community Relations Manager for ShopRite. “We recognize the great need in the community and we are proud to stand beside Philabundance to help them achieve this goal.”

For more information about participating in the Spread the Love food drive, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org, or check out Philabundance’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/philabundance , and become a fan.

Spread the Love food drive is not possible without the help of our partners, ShopRite, US Airways, Mix 106.1 and Elite Island Resorts.

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