16,300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches represents a staggering number of meals for those in need. Last Tuesday, Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Mainstreet in Muscatine, in conjunction with Skippy Peanut Butter, donated 1,000 pounds of peanut butter to Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA), enabling them to help the hungry in our community make that many sandwiches. A substantial (and scrumptious) donation, this peanut butter will help countless families in Muscatine get the nutrition they need to thrive.
According to Chad Adams and Matt Schweitzer, store directors for Hy-Vee Mainstreet and Hy-Vee respectively, the Hy-Vee Corporation first partnered with Skippy Peanut Butter last year to donate 11,000 pounds of peanut butter in the Kansas City area. The program proved successful, so after collaborating on other promotions, Skippy and Hy-Vee Corporation decided to partner up again this year, opting to donate 1,000 pounds of peanut butter to eleven different towns across Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska.
When Adams and Schweitzer learned that Muscatine would receive one of the 1,000-pound peanut butter donations, they felt elated they would have the opportunity to give it to MCSA to help feed the hungry across the county. “Hy-Vee stores in Muscatine are always proud to help organizations, especially MCSA, which does a great job serving our community,” said Schweitzer. “This is a good example of how we help our community in times of need,” pitched in Adams.
Scott Dahlke, Executive Director of MCSA felt equally pleased to receive the donation. “We are excited!” he shared. “We know that people in poverty are dying ten to fifteen years younger, and providing good nutrition is a great way to combat this . . .. Hy-Vee and Skippy’s donation is right on the mark.” In particular, Dahlke praised Hy-Vee and Skippy for the donation because peanut butter makes up one of the most popular protein sources in the MCSA food pantry due to its long shelf life and versatility compared to other common proteins, such as ground beef. “I would put big money on the peanut butter going quickly,” he added.
In the days and weeks ahead, MCSA will put the donated peanut butter to work in two places. Primarily, MCSA will use the peanut butter they got from Hy-Vee and Skippy to stock their food pantry. Since the food pantry provides food to between 100 and 200 families each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, this peanut butter will touch many lives and keep many families full and healthy. Additionally, MCSA will include some of its donated peanut butter in the food bags it provides to Muscatine County to give to those in need through various programs.
Ending hunger throughout Muscatine County takes the work of many different people and groups. The collaboration between Muscatine’s local Hy-Vees and MCSA to bring peanut butter to those in need shows that progress can happen and that organizations working together truly do make our community a better place.