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BANGOR, Maine – The 2019 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive recently collected a record-setting 17,164 jars of PB&J for hunger prevention organizations throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
The 8th annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive happened during the month of May 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 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive started 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 expense items for food pantries and after school programs to buy in bulk.
“Each year, our employees put so much heart into the PB&J Drive, and our customers, local businesses and schools step up to make mountains of PB&J,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice. “It’s a great feeling to know the Drive will help people in need throughout Maine and New Hampshire.”
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 PB&J. 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 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.