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Westerly - The Washington Trust Co. has announced that it collected 5 tons of peanut butter for local food pantries during its 14th annual Peanut Butter Drive.
This year's drive collected 2,000 pounds more than the 2013 drive. In addition to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the drive benefits local pantries such as the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, WARM Shelter and Westerly Jonnycake Center.
Over the past 14 years, the drive has collected 100 tons of peanut butter.
The biggest contributor this year was the CVS Caremark Customer Relations team, which donated 1 ton of peanut butter. Numerous schools, businesses and organizations also contributed.
"Every year, Washington Trust comes through for us with an important contribution of peanut butter," said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
"One third of the people served by our statewide network of food pantries are children under the age of 18, and peanut butter is really essential for this population. It's a high-protein food that requires no preparation, and it's something that most children enjoy. We are immensely grateful to Washington Trust for this year's successful Peanut Butter Drive."