This year the drive runs from today, November 10 through December 10, 2016.
Why peanut butter?
Peanut butter is high in protein and nutrition. When it comes to non-perishable food items that last a very long time once opened, peanut butter is hard to beat. Check out this nutritional article in Prevention if you're still not sure.
In 4 years, we have donated 1,200 pounds of peanut butter!
Why Hunger Task Force?
Hunger Task Force: Because it's free to those who need it. There is no cost to food pantries and local community groups to get access to the food donated. They are local. Donations stay here in our amazing community. And they have a giant scale I love sitting on with all the PB! Here's how I know:
- 2011 - Donated 150 pounds
- 2012 - Donated 200 pounds
- 2013 - Donated 279 pounds
- 2014 - Donated 536 pounds (and our goal was 300!)
Here's 2014's local donation (not including donations nationwide):
The PB Team
This year, our PBTeam is the biggest to date! Please visit these amazing small businesses, learn about how every single one of them works tirelessly day-in and day-out to help improve peoples' lives. These people they are my tribe, they are my community, they are my PBTeam! And they will happily take your jar of peanut butter off your hands to donate to the Hunger Task Force.
CrossFit West Allis
CrossFit West Allis is about community: healthy, dedicated, hard working, playful community. Everyday working to help people of all ages, shapes and sizes find a place they can work hard, do their best, and get stronger everyday. Some days, we lift more, some days we run more, and some days, we talk more. If you're looking for your tribe, our tribe welcomes you.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Milwaukee
Life changing and empowering, this movement practice is crazy intelligent. As a movement educator, discovering ways in which I can move my body, calm my nerves, and heighten my awareness to get up and go home if ever attacked has been more valuable than any other movement practice I have EVER participated in. This style of jiu-jitsu is accessible by every single person and I encourage women especially to check out their Women Empowered seminars and classes. Mind Blown.
Hands On, Inc
Elizabeth Hoffman is one of the most fun, caring compassionate people I have had the pleasure of working with. Liz is all of the things you would want from a masseuse: Educated, experienced, kind, and humorous.... because life is always better when we enjoy it!
Miller Sports & Wellness
Miller Sports & Wellness is my movement shop. It's the place I go to for education about my body, my movement patterns, understanding imbalances and pain origins. They help me feel better with soft tissue, corrective exercises and as needed chiropractic care. This is not a once-a-week-crack-your-back kind of place, and I love it! It helps that I work here too!
Udana Yoga & Wellness
Oak Creek's only well-balanced yoga studio focuses on meeting people where they are in their bodies, on their journeys, and in their to-do list. Life is busy, and stressful, and when I go to Udana, I feel welcome, and enough. I have taught here in the past and will again in the future so I know the instructors focus on being the best versions of themselves, rather than the most hyper-mobile yogini they can be. This translates into classes and the ability to have students be authentic as well. Because we deserve better than should-ing all over ourselves.
Would you like to be a drop off location and member of our PBTeam? If so just contact Sandy and we'll add you to the list.
But I don't live in Milwaukee, can I help?
- Donate a jar of PB to your local, free, food pantry, and send me your total weight.
- Send in a monetary donation to your local, free, food pantry
- OR send it to my favorite, Hunger Task Force.
Let me know what you do - so we can continue to inspire others to do the same!
Why do this?
But really this all started because November is my birthday month. This Food Drive started back in 2011 when the thought of friends and family members buying me gifts I TRULY didn't need (but would ultimately appreciate the gesture) made me feel selfish and disempowered in a broken system. How can those who have so much keep getting more, and those who have so little struggle to get any? But how was I to allow those I love to show their love for me, and yet not squash their desires to give loving gifts?
Enter the PB Food Drive! Paying it forward at its finest. In 4 years, literally HUNDREDS of people have given me birthday gifts of peanut butter donations. Some people bring up peanut butter every time I see them - "PB this November, right Sandy?" And it is an honor, because this means, when they see me - they are reminded to help others. Could there ever be a better gift?