Inaugural Rutland County PB&J Slam kicks off March 18

Monday, March 18—RUTLAND—United Way of Rutland County (UWRC) and Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) have teamed up to launch Rutland County’s first Peanut Butter & Jam Slam, a friendly, competitive food drive challenge designed to help local food shelves during low supply months.

“The PB&J slam has been held in Bennington County for the last few years, and has been very successful in rallying community groups, teams, classes, organizations and businesses, among others, to collect peanut butter and jelly – two of the most requested items, for local food banks,” said Caprice Hover, executive director of United Way of Rutland County. “We are bringing the model to Rutland County this year and hope for a fun, competitive campaign that will bolster food shelves throughout the area.”

The Peanut Butter & Jam Slam will begin on March 18 and run through April 2.

The challenge is open to any Rutland County groups, and collected items will go to benefit BROC Community Food Shelf, Fair Haven Concerned, Pittsford Food Shelf, Rutland Community Cupboard, and the Salvation Army.

“At the conclusion of the challenge, we’ll announce a PB&J Slam champion who will receive a plaque in recognition of their efforts,” said Hover. “We’re excited to see who steps up to the challenge and takes a shot at the title. We’re even more eager to see how the combined efforts of all participants make an impact for our local food shelves.”

Groups interested in participating should contact SVCOA’s Anna White at awhite@svcoa.net or 802-786-5990.

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