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Bangor Savings drive collects record 17,164 jars of PB&J

Jun 12, 2019
Courtesy of: Bangor Savings Bank Bangor Savings Bank employees at the Farmington branch created a throne with the 1,076 jars of peanut butter and jelly donated there in May. All donations will go to food pantries, school summer feeding programs and other hunger prevention organizations.

Bangor — The 2019 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive collected a record-setting 17,164 jars of PB&J for hunger prevention organizations throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

The eighth annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive took place last month at all Bangor Savings Bank branches. The bank contributed an additional two jars of peanut butter for every “selfless selfie” taken by a contributor, and another jar whenever #bsbpbj2019 was used in social media posts.

The drive began in 2012 as a way to provide hunger prevention programs with a high-protein food item that is often in short supply and high demand. Peanut butter is one of the most expensive items for food pantries and after-school programs to buy in bulk.

The 2019 collection total beat the previous one-year record of 12,645 jars. Since 2012, the drive has collected more than 83,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly. Staff from bank branches will distribute the donations to local food pantries and schools with summer feeding programs.

NEWS CENTER Maine was the media partner for the 2019 drive.

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