SwedishAmerican Donates More Than 700 Pounds of Peanut Butter & Jelly to Local Food Pantries

During SwedishAmerican’s Founder’s Week, June 5 – 16, the hospital held an employee peanut butter and jelly drive at 21 SwedishAmerican locations throughout northern Illinois to provide meals to children in need during the summer months.

SwedishAmerican donated more than 700 pounds of peanut butter and jelly, which is approximately 600 jars and roughly 9,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. SwedishAmerican donated the jars to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry in Rockford and smaller food pantries in Roscoe/Rockton, Belvidere, Davis Junction, Byron and Rochelle.

Why peanut butter and jelly? Peanut butter is a great source of protein, a shelf-stable food and loved by children and adults. One jar of peanut butter and jelly can provide multiple meals to a child who may not receive lunch during the summertime. Peanut butter also is expensive for families in need.

“Our SwedishAmerican associates are extremely giving and truly care for our community,” says SwedishAmerican Public Relations and Community Engagement Specialist Katryna Kirby. “We are honored to donate more than 700 pounds of peanut butter and jelly to kids and families who would otherwise go hungry this summer.”

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Katryna Kirby