Published: Jun 24, 2011 4:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 24, 2011 4:44 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Over 4,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly is being delivered to the Harry Chapin Food Bank as a result of a week-long promotion by Sweetbay Supermarkets in Lee and Collier counties.

Between June 5th and 11th, customers were asked to leave jars of peanut butter and jelly in bins at the front of the stores.  2,040 jars were deposited in the bins as a result, and Sweetbay will double that amount for the food bank.

The promotion was held in conjunction with the beginning of summer vacation for students.  It will assist the food bank in providing nutritional—and popular—food as the food bank assists nonprofit organizations in providing meals while schools aren’t in session and students don’t have access to free or reduced meal prices.  The Harry Chapin Food Bank is also operating Mobile Food Pantries in areas where the need is the greatest.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of more than 170 local nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, who provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly.  Over 900,000 pounds of food are distributed monthly.  For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community.  In the past fiscal year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 11.5 million pounds of food and other grocery products.