For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- Two young volunteers have a goal to collect 2,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly from June 1 to Aug. 31.
If they meet that goal, it would double the amount they collected during the drive last August, when they raised 1,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly.
Alyssa Golino, 12, and Anthony Golino, 14, are encouraging people to give or businesses to collect peanut butter and jelly with a PB & J food drive. They also coordinated with House of Hope to set up a way for people to give money to support the drive - online at www.hohmartin.org/pbj.
The following businesses and organizations are PB&J collection points:
Forward Electric & Air Conditioning -- Palm City
Boys & Girls Club - Palm City
Palm City Chamber of Commerce
Peter's Hardware - Palm City
Harbor Community Bank - Stuart
Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutters - Stuart
Milcor Group - Stuart
Stuart Jet Center - Stuart
Tami Karol Insurance Agency - Stuart
Mr. Gyros - Stuart
Boys & Girls Club - Port Salerno
UPS Store - Kanner/Salerno Road Stuart
YMCA - Indiantown
Indiantown Chamber of Commerce
Harbor Community Bank - Indiantown
Boys & Girls Club -- Indiantown
Cowabunga Surf & Sport - Jensen Beach
BodyLogix Fitness - Jensen Beach
Mr. Auto Insurance - Jensen Beach
Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce
UPS Store - Island Crossings Hobe Sound
Boys & Girls Club - Hobe Sound
Hobe Sound Early Learning Center
Peanut butter is a popular item for food pantries because it is nutrient-rich, has a long shelf life, and doesn't require cooking or refrigeration.
House of Hope's food pantries in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach are the largest providers of food to Martin County residents in need. Last year, the agency gave out 191 tons of food - the equivalent of about 299,000 meals. Food items include canned vegetables, fruit, tomato products, soup, rice, pasta, cereal, fresh produce, meat, bread and, of course, peanut butter and jelly.
House of Hope also helps Martin County residents in need by offering clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case management services.
For more information about the PB&J drive, contact Gina Golino at (772) 221-1660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.