How do you quickly transport 3,483 jars of donated peanut butter from one building to another? With a 150 plus person chain! On Wednesday, May 13 at 5:15, volunteers will line up to pass boxes of peanut butter hand-to-hand in order to transport from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 483 to Pierce County Central Labor (PCCL), a block away.
Alice Phillips, Business Manager at IBEW Local 483, is the mastermind behind the peanut butter brigade. She has a passion for feeding the hungry and organized this peanut butter drive. Last year they collected a total of 5,000 jars for Emergency Food Network (EFN), and expect to collect even more than that this year! Phillips also volunteers her time on the Emergency Food Network Board of Directors.
“We encourage peanut butter drives throughout the year,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “Peanut butter is nutritiously packed full of protein, and is easy for food bank clients to eat without preparation.”
Volunteers will line up and start the peanut butter brigade at 5:15pm on May 13 at IEBW Local 483, located at 3525 S Alder St, Tacoma, WA 98409.
This peanut butter drive is tied to the Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on Saturday, May 9, which helps stock the shelves of food banks in Pierce County and throughout the country. Pierce County postal carriers partner with Emergency Food Network and area food banks to collect more than 300,000 pounds of food during the Letter Carriers Food Drive. Each address in the county will receive a bag, but there is no limit to the amount of bags postal carriers will collect. Postal carriers and volunteers will drive through neighborhoods to pick up your donations.
The peanut butter drive began 4 years ago where 342 jars in total were collected. Last year 2 tons, over 5,000 jars, this year- sky is the limit!