Rockford food pantry asking for donations of peanut butter to feed needy kids


The Rock River Valley Pantry is making its annual call for donations of peanut butter, as part of its yearly “Peanut Butter Rally.”

This year, the non-profit is teaming up with the Gardens on Prairie Rose and Gerber Collision and Glass, with the goal of collecting 20,000 jars.

The peanut butter will be used to help feed disadvantaged children during the summer break.

The Rock River Valley Pantry serves more than 2,500 kids every month during the summer, when school lunch isn’t an option.

“When school is out for the summer, children aren’t always guaranteed a meal, and peanut butter is pretty healthy,” said Executive Director Kim Adams-Bakke. “It’s high protien. Almost any kid can put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It doesn’t require any cooking and it’s something safe [that] kids can make for themselves while at home.”

Monetary donations are also welcome.  A $20.00 donation buys approximately 1 case 12 jars (18 oz. each.) 

The pantry is asking for donations in plastic jars only.

The Rock River Valley Pantry is located at 421 South Rockton Avenue.

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