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MARTIN COUNTY - Two volunteers collected 1,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for House of Hope, exceeding their goal and stocking the shelves for hungry residents.
Anthony Golino, 13, and his 11-year-old sister, Alyssa, conducted their PB&J drive throughout August and had a goal to raise 600 pounds of these food-pantry staples.
They volunteered this summer in the House of Hope food pantry in Stuart along with their mother, Gina Golino.
"They were sad to see the empty shelves where the peanut butter and jelly should be," said Ms. Golino. "They decided to do something about it, and the drive was a great success."
Peanut butter is a popular item for food pantries because it is nutrient-rich, has a long shelf life and doesn't require cooking.
House of Hope's food pantries in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach are the largest providers of food to county residents in need.
Last year, the agency gave out 179 tons of food, the equivalent of about 280,000 meals. Food items include canned food, rice, pasta, cereal, fresh produce, meat, bread and, of course, peanut butter and jelly.
House of Hope also helps residents in need by offering clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case-management services.
For more information, call (772) 286-4673 or visit www.hohmartin.org.