The start of summer vacation means many children will go without the regular meals they received at school. To fight summertime hunger, Sweetbay Supermarket stores in Lee and Collier counties will collect jars of peanut butter and jelly from June 1 through June 10 to feed children in need.
The number of jars donated at any Sweetbay store will be matched by Sweetbay Supermarket and delivered to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, which serves summer children's programs, social service organizations and homeless shelters. The EducationFoundations of both Lee and Collier counties are assisting in this effort by spreading the word to their supporters and donors.
"The need for nutritious, child-friendly food is at an all-time high in our community," said Joyce Jacobs, assistant director of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. "There is an increased need during the summer when kids are out of school and shelters like our take on an even greater role."
In Collier County, 62% of public school students receive free and reduced lunch during the school year, however there is no way of knowing whether all of those students get the assistance they need from June through August.
In Lee County, more than 50,000 students receive either free or reduced lunch during the semester. Far too often, the only food those kids eat is what they get at school.
"Peanut butter and jelly is a staple for kids," Jacob adds. "We're thrilled to partner with Sweetbay on this important campaign to make sure no child goes hungry this summer."
To contribute, stop by one of the following Sweetbay Supermarket locations anddonate jars of peanut butter and jelly in the boxes located at the front of the stores.
Lee County Sweetbay Supermarket locations:
Cape Coral: 1016 Cape Coral Park Way East, Suite 100
North Fort Myers: 5690 Bayshore Rd
Fort Myers: Colonial & Treeline, 10580 Colonial Blvd, Suite #101
Gladiolus, 8650 Gadiolus Drive
Three Oaks, 18751 Three Oaks Parkway
Lehigh Acres: 61 Bell Blvd. North
Estero: 10026 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs: 8951 Bonita Beach #595
Sweetbay Supermarket, a Delhaize America company, provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, built from the ground up and developed from research in core markets to express the vibrant, exciting and diverse tastes, colors and aromas of food important to Floridians. Sweetbay offers outstanding value, quality and variety, routinely partnering with Florida growers, to bring shoppers the freshest food available in the state. Sweetbay Supermarket waslaunched in November 2004 in Largo and is headquartered in Tampa. Sweetbay has 105 stores in Florida.