PBJ PLZ! WCTV drive collects tons of peanut butter and jelly

By: Julie Montanaro
April 13, 2017

Photo: Leon County Schools

The first WCTV Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam collected literally tons of PB&J.

We teamed up with Leon County Schools and Second Harvest to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry kids.

Thursday we were at Second Harvest when they weighed the final pallet.

"I'm blown away. I'm blown away," Leon Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna said.

The final load of peanut butter and jelly pushed the total collected in just two weeks to more than 98-hundred pounds.

That's more than 6-thousand jars and more than 82-thousand sandwiches.

"Never underestimate our kids," Hanna said. "We asked them to step up and look at the results. Almost 10,000 pounds."

"We had three or four huge bins in the front office," Sabal Palm Principal Anicia Robinson said. "So it gave the opportunity for kids to give back to other kids."

We tagged along last week as Second Harvest collected bins from each of Leon County's schools. Kids at Hawks Rise helped load them up.

"I like peanut butter a lot," third grader Ricky Warren said. "I like it more than jelly."

"What does it mean to you to be able to help another kid who may not have as much food in their pantry?"

"Very good ... because I know I'm making a difference," fifth grader Rayne Blount said.

All this peanut butter and jelly will help to feed hungry kids this summer at a time when free meals aren't available at school and donations typically stall.

"We have 130 different partners throughout the Big Bend. These are community centers, churches, shelters," Second Harvest CEO Rick Minor said. "We'll deliver this peanut butter and jelly to those partners and then they in turn will distribute that directly to families in need."


By: Julie Montanaro
April 5, 2017

Schools are wrapping up a district wide peanut butter and jelly drive and many of them are sharing photos of overflowing collection bins.

WCTV teamed up with Leon County Schools and Second Harvest to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry kids and families.

FAMU DRS and Creative Pre-School also joined the effort.

An LCS spokesman tells us bins at Swift Creek and Hawks Rise are overflowing and Lincoln has a "truck bed full" of peanut butter and jelly.

We will be tagging along as Second Harvest picks up bins from schools over the next few days and we will be announcing the results next week.


By: Julie Montanaro
March 22, 2017

Thousands of kids in the Big Bend do not know where their next meal is coming from.

In Leon County alone more than 20-thousand children count on getting a free breakfast and a free lunch at school.

WCTV is now teaming up with second harvest and Leon County schools to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry kids and their families.

Wednesday, we launched a peanut butter and jelly drive in hopes of collecting PB&J to help feed children during the summer.

"Who doesn't like peanut butter and jelly? I'm going to have one today for lunch."

Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna was making sandwiches and talking PB&J with students at Sealey.

"Crust off ... creamy peanut butter ... strawberry jelly ... with a banana on the side and a good glass of milk," Hanna said as he described his ideal peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Hanna and the head of Second Harvest are spreading the word about a peanut butter and jelly drive.

"If parents and kids and teachers can bring a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly to their school and donate it in one of the bins," Second Harvest CEO Rick Minor said, "Second Harvest will then collect that and distribute that to needy families and children."

"I think it's nice because not everyone has peanut butter and jelly and if they're hungry they can just make it easy," Sealey Elementary School student Ramona Byrne said.

"Usually we have canned food drives but this is something different and I think it's really cool that other people really care about other people," Sealey Elementary School student Yasmine Beechy said.

"I think it's a great way to help other kids get food and also it's very delicious," Sealey Elementary School student James Hengstebeck said with a grin.

The hope is that this two week drive we call "The Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam" will make lunchtime more nutritious and more delicious for hungry kids in the big bend.

"We have about 25,000 kids in the Big Bend who are hungry and it's really important that they come to school well fed, so that's why the PB&J food drive is such a big deal for us," Rick Minor said.

Leon County School students are encouraged to take donations to their school.

The rest of us are invited to drop off peanut butter and jelly in the lobby here at WCTV or at the Leon County Schools administration building.

The only sticking points? The jars must be unopened and they must be plastic.

Feel free to tweet us your photos or share them on our WCTV Facebook page. Please use the hashtag #PBJPLZ"

The drive started March 22nd and ends April 5th.


By: Julie Montanaro
March 22, 2017

PBJ PLZ!

WCTV is teaming up with Second Harvest and Leon County Schools to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry kids. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam starts today. For the next two weeks, we are collecting unopened, plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly. Those will be distributed to hungry kids and families in the Big Bend.

“A big part of what we do as a school system is teach our kids to give back. What we do in the classroom and the athletic field is important, but for kids to learn especially at a young age to give back to help others, that lesson is invaluable,” Superintendent Rocky Hanna said.

Rick Minor, CEO of Second Harvest of the Big Bend, says the drive is an easy and affordable way for kids to help kids. Peanut butter, he says, is always in demand.

“Peanut butter is a great food for us. It’s high protein, shelf stable, lasts a long time and kids love it,” Minor said.

Leon County School students can take their donations directly to their school from March 22nd to April 5th.

The public is encouraged to help too, by bringing unopened, plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly to the WCTV Studios at 1801 Halstead Boulevard or the Leon County Schools Administration Complex at 2757 West Pensacola Street.




 
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