BEND, Ore. - The 2017 Robberson Ford Peanut Butter Drive proved once again how generous Central Oregonians are these days.
Thanks to this successful Peanut Butter Drive, Robberson Ford and Newport Market are donating 5,976 40-ounce jars of peanut butter to NeighborImpact's Emergency Food Assistance Program.
Protein-rich foods such as peanut butter play an important role for the NeighborImpact food program, especially in the summer months, when many children lose access to school nutrition programs.
It is estimated nearly 24 percent of children are unsure how their next meal will be provided and, when school is out during the summer months, local food banks carry a larger responsibility. Peanut butter is an important protein staple to feed kids during these summer months, but is difficult to acquire in adequate quantities.
"We are thrilled to partner with Robberson Ford again this year for the peanut butter drive," says Carly Sanders, food program manager at NeighborImpact. "We typically see a decrease in donations at the food bank during the summer and, combined with not having access to free and reduced lunches at school, we see an increase in the need for food among children."
Between May 12th and 28th this year, Robberson Ford donated one 40-ounce jar of peanut butter for every oil change and one case with every car sold. Newport Market and their customers really stepped up this year, with a large amount number of donations at the checkout stand during the campaign period.
"The peanut butter drive has become a fun and successful part of our dealership" says Jeff Robberson, president of Robberson Ford. "Newport Market in Bend and Thriftway in Prineville really stepped up this year to help us reach nearly 6000 jars of peanut butter. Giving back and being part of the community has been and always will be who Robberson Ford is. Our customers, vendors and employees share in this incredible effort to help feed kids in Central Oregon."
NeighborImpact is a 21 Cares for Kids partner.