United Way of Rutland County (UWRC) and Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) have teamed up to launch Rutland County’s first “Peanut Butter & Jam Slam,” a friendly, competitive food drive challenge designed to help local food shelves during low supply months.
“The PB&J slam has been held in Bennington County for the last few years, and has been very successful in rallying community groups, teams, classes, organizations and businesses, among others, to collect peanut butter and jelly – two of the most requested items, for local food banks,” said Caprice Hover, executive director of United Way of Rutland County. “We are bringing the model to Rutland County this year and hope for a fun, competitive campaign that will bolster food shelves throughout the area.”
The “Peanut Butter & Jam Slam” will begin on March 18 and run through April 2. The challenge is open to any Rutland County groups, and collected items will go to benefit BROC Community Food Shelf, Fair Haven Concerned, Pittsford Food Shelf, Rutland Community Cupboard, and the Salvation Army.
“At the conclusion of the challenge, we’ll announce a ‘PB&J Slam’ champion who will receive a plaque in recognition of their efforts,” said Hover. “We’re excited to see who steps up to the challenge and takes a shot at the title. We’re even more eager to see how the combined efforts of all participants make an impact for our local food shelves.”
Groups interested in participating should contact SVCOA’s Anna White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-786-5990.
About United Way of Rutland County
United Way of Rutland County is one of 1,200 United Ways in the United States and one of 1,800 worldwide. Serving Rutland County residents since 1943, we are an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the common good, focusing on health, education and financial stability. We are the largest non-governmental fundraiser for local services in our community.
For more information, visit www.uwrutlandcounty.org.
Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging exists to be a community force in creating and sustaining opportunities for elders and caregivers in our region to help assure that elders are able to maintain maximum independence and quality of life.
For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org.