PBJPLZ! Final weigh-in for WCTV's Peanut Butter & Jelly drive

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The final results are in for our #PBJPLZ peanut butter and jelly drive with Leon County Schools and Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

This year, we collected a total of 16,292 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for local children in need! That's over 6,000 pounds more than last year, and enough to make 128,255 sandwiches!

Watch the final weigh-in below:


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 13, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- WCTV's peanut butter and jelly drive is now wrapping up!

Crews from Second Harvest were busy Friday picking up dozens of bins filled with peanut butter and jelly donated by students at schools all across Leon County.

The peanut butter and jelly is bound for Second Harvest which will distribute it to hungry kids and their families.

Within the next week, all of the peanut butter and jelly will be collected and weighed and the total tally will revealed at the finale next Friday, April 20th.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- WCTV is teaming up again with Leon County Schools and Second Harvest of the Big Bend to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry children and their families.

The 2018 drive kicked off Monday. There's no better place to start it than in the school cafeteria.

"Anybody like peanut butter and jelly?"

Leon County's School superintendent is helping to "spread the love" by passing out made to order PB&J's at Ruediger Elementary School.

"It's awesome because I love peanut butter and jelly," second grader Jovanny Olivarez said.

"The kids all across - whether its kids here at Ruediger Elementary School or Montford Middle School or Lincoln High School - they are on fire. They are ready," Superintendent Rocky Hanna said. "So I think we're going to blow the 10-thousand pound goal out of the water this year. I'm excited."

Children at every Leon County school are participating in WCTV's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam and this year. Ten other schools are joining the drive too.

It's a chance to stock the shelves at Second Harvest to help hungry kids this summer.

"We have about 32,000 kids in the Big Bend area that are food insecure, meaning they don't have regular access to healthy nutritious food," said Second Harvest of the Big Bend CEO Rick Minor.

Last year in its first year, the drive brought in 9,800 pounds of peanut butter and jelly. That's enough to make more than 80,000 sandwiches.

It's a tangible, affordable way for kids to help kids.

"It's a very good idea to help other kids who don't have actually much food," second grader Jayden Axtell said.

"It's good," second grader Elijah Yeisley said, "so the kids won't be hungry anymore."

"I think I like the idea to help kids who don't have money," second grader Malik Nesbitt said, "and they cannot live without your help."

"I feel like people need it," second grader Lorena Kie said. "I think they'll feel good that they know people are there to support them."

The drive lasts through April 6th so please add peanut butter and jelly to your grocery list.

Students can take their donations to school. (Scroll down for a full list of participating schools.)

Everyone else can drop them here at WCTV or at Leon County School District headquarters.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- WCTV is teaming up again with Leon County Schools and Second Harvest of the Big Bend to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry children and their families.

The drive - now in its second year - includes all 43 Leon County Schools and is expanding this year to include 10 private and charter schools too.

2017 was the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam's first year. Students donated more than 9,800 pounds of peanut butter and jelly in two weeks. That's enough to make more than 80,000 sandwiches!

The 2018 drive begins on Monday, March 26th and lasts until Friday, April 6th. We will announce the totals on April 13th.

Students are welcome to drop off donations at their schools and the public is invited to drop off donations at the WCTV studios, located at 1801 Halstead Boulevard, or the Leon County Schools district office, located at 2757 West Pensacola Street.

Please be sure all the bottles are plastic.


The following schools are participating in the drive:

Leon County Schools
Apalachee Elementary
Astoria Park Elementary
Bond Elementary
Buck Lake Elementary
Canopy Oaks Elementary
Chaires Elementary
Conley Elementary
DeSoto Trail Elementary
Ft. Braden Elementary
Gilchrist Elementary
Hartsfield Elementary
Hawks Rise Elementary
Killearn Lakes Elementary
Oak Ridge Elementary
Pineview Elementary
Riley Elementary
Roberts Elementary
Reudiger Elementary
Sabal Palm Elementary
Sealey Elementary
Springwood Elementary
Kate Sullivan Elementary
W.T. Moore Elementary
Woodville Elementary
Cobb Middle School
Deerlake Middle School
Fairview Middle School
Griffin Middle School
Montford Middle School
Nims Middle School
Chiles High School
Godby High School
Leon High School
Lincoln High School
Rickards High School
Sail High School

Private/Charter Schools
Florida A&M Developmental Research School
Maclay
School of Arts and Sciences – Thomasville Road
School of Arts and Sciences – The Centre
Trinity Catholic
Community Christian
Governors Charter Academy
Pace
Tallahassee School of Math and Science
Creative PreSchool

Everyone seems to have a 'favorite way to PB&J.' Some go way beyond creamy or crunchy, grape or strawberry. Some folks like to add bananas, honey, one says he even likes Cheetos inside. Please share your favorite – or your wackiest – peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipes with us. Next Monday, on National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we are going to try some of those recipes live on the air during our Good Morning Show!

To share your 'favorite way to PB&J,' message us on our Facebook or Twitter pages or send us an email. Then tune in to see it live bright and early on Monday, April 2nd.




 
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