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WCTV’s PBJ PLZ! drive now underway, Leon County Schools collecting donations

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 7:17 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 12:49 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Leon County Schools is holding its district-wide kick-off for PBJ PLZ!

It is the fifth year Leon County Schools has teamed up with WCTV and Second Harvest to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry children.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year because it is driven by our students,” Superintendent Rocky Hanna said Tuesday. “Anytime we have an opportunity for students to learn and lead it is a great project.”

COVID-19 forced schools to shut down in March 2020 and PBJ PLZ! shifted to an entirely virtual drive. It raised more than $72,000 for Second Harvest to buy peanut butter and jelly and other kid-friendly foods.

The drive is being held virtually again this year for safety reasons and to allow Second Harvest drivers to remain focused on delivering food to giveaways and pantries in the community.

“Please donate today to help those in need in our community,” Hanna said.

According to Second Harvest, there are now 16,000 children in Leon County alone who are considered “food insecure” and are not sure of their next meal.

Follow this link to make a donation, and don’t forget to spread the word!

Second Harvest CEO Monique Van Pelt joined WCTV’s 4 p.m. show and said the 2020 virtual drive was a huge success. Online donations help keep things flexible for the food bank, Van Pelt says.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — PBJ PLZ kicked off Friday, April 2, on National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.

WCTV’s annual drive is now in its 5th year and is going virtual again this year.

WCTV teams up with Leon County Schools and Second Harvest of the Big Bend each year to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry children.

School children collected nearly 23 tons of peanut butter and jelly in the first three years.

COVID-19 forced schools to shut down in the spring of 2020 and PBJ PLZ! moved online. The community rallied and donated more than $72,000 for Second Harvest to buy peanut butter and jelly and other kid-friendly foods.

Second Harvest says the pandemic has greatly increased demand for food assistance. The latest numbers show 24% of children in Leon County are now food insecure. That’s about 16,000 children in Leon County who are unsure of their next meal.

Leon County Schools is planning a district-wide kick off when students return from the holiday weekend on Tuesday.

Join WCTV, Second Harvest of the Big Bend and Leon County Schools as we collect peanut butter...
Join WCTV, Second Harvest of the Big Bend and Leon County Schools as we collect peanut butter and jelly to feed hungry kids!(WCTV)

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