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Lockport's Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive is in need of donations

Posted at 4:20 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 17:44:17-05

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — Peter Robinson is the founder Lockport's Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, now in its eleventh year and made up entirely of volunteers.

"One jar holds about 16 ounces of peanut butter, and that's 16 sandwiches you can make with that. Even if you have a peanut allergy I mean we have alternate peanut butter and jelly here, that people were generous enough to donate," he said.

The drive relies entirely on those donations, and they're running low.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the need was so great that their supplied were depleted.

"What we would've had normally would have been half as full of this, and then we still would have gotten in this much stock. So we're about, I'd say, eight months now? Eight months to a year behind in our supply that we would normally give out to everybody," he said.

Robinson said they're reaching into next year's supply to make sure pantries that need it the most, have it.

He said over the past eleven years, more than 100,000 jars of PB & J have left the collection site at 71 Van Buren Street.

"This peanut butter and jelly, it might be a simple thing, but who knows what possibilities or how this came to serve somebody," said Robinson.

The PB & J Drive has more than 9,000 jars right now, they're hoping to reach their goal of 10,000.