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Washington Trust’s 14th Annual Peanut Butter Drive Begins March 1

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 

Since 2001, Washington Trust has collected 105 tons of peanut butter through their annual Peanut Butter Drive.

Now beginning its fourteenth year, the Peanut Butter drive raises non-perishable food donations to benefit Rhode Island Food Banks. Those wishing to help the effort to feed families in need can contribute in a variety of different ways. All Washington Trust locations will have collection sites to accept donated cans. Other are businesses, schools and community organizations will also be participating with their own collection sites, including Trinity Rep, CVS Customer Relations, Metro Park, Block Island’s Old Island Pub, Block Island’s Club Soda, New Shoreham Public Safety, Bradford School, Matunuck Elementary School, and Eden Park School.

Various events and entertainment venues will also be accepting donations. At Yawgoo Valley, customers can get a free lift ticket with the purchase of one lift ticket and the donation of a jar of peanut butter or $5 to benefit the Jonny Cake Center in Peace Dale. Roger Williams Zoo is offering one free child ticket to any youngster who brings a jar of peanut butter with them to the park (limited to one per family).

The Providence Bruins hockey team will do their part for the Peanut Butter Drive, hosting a collection night during their game against the Worcester Sharks on Friday, March 14th.

There will also be a special Skating With the Stars event to benefit the Drive on Saturday, March 1st, at the Washington Trust Community Skating Center in downtown Westerly. Anyone who brings a jar of peanut butter or makes a donation to the Rhode Island Food Bank will be able to skate for free that day from 12-4pm.

If members of the public unable to make it to an event or facility collecting donations, they are invited to Donate the Difference by opting for a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and donating what they would have otherwise spent going out to a restaurant. All donations will directly benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank.

With a single jar of peanut butter able to make 16 sandwiches for a family in need, peanut butter can be an incredible way to make a difference. To learn more, or see a full list of places you can drop off your donation, by visiting http://www.washtrust.com/home/about/peanutbutter.  

 

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