Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive a Success!

August 22, 2018

The final counts are in!  Memorial Healthcare’s Professional Nursing Practice Council collected 1,300.1 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Shiawassee Hope’s LiNC Community Pantry, which serves food for insecure families in Shiawassee County.

“Memorial Healthcare has found a way to bring the community together around hunger relief in a fun and impactful way,” said Samantha Ardelean, Executive Assistant for Shiawassee Hope. “Many families will benefit from having this healthy staple in their pantry in the coming months.”

It is estimated that for every pound collected 14 sandwiches can be made. With this generous donation, that’s a total of 18,428 sandwiches for family’s right here in Shiawassee County.

Peanut butter is one of the most expensive foods but is one of the highest demand food items because it is protein-rich and contains “good fats.” Another advantage of peanut butter is its long shelf life, which means pantry’s can stock and store jars of peanut butter for months. Naturally, pairing peanut butter with jelly creates the mainstay American lunch — the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

“This targeted food drive is a way for us to involve our employees, patients and the public in giving to their community, and recognizing the real issue of hunger in our county,” said Joshua Suire, BSN, RN, Chair of Memorial’s Professional Nurse Practice. “I would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthwhile cause.”