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Hunger Task Force collecting peanut butter for families in need

Posted at 12:20 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 13:23:46-05

MILWAUKEE — The Hunger Task Force kicked off their 9th annual "Wanted Peanut Butter" campaign, Monday morning at their new headquarters in Milwaukee.

This is the first year the campaign is fully virtual and will feature a competitive challenge between crunchy and creamy peanut butter.

The event started with Meijer donating 3,500 jars of peanut butter. Executive Director for the Hunger Task Force Sherrie Tussler, said the reason peanut butter is important is because of the protein-packed nutrition that's great for families and kids.

“There are lots of kids out of school right now relying on food pantries rather than school meals and so we are encouraging people to be as generous as possible so a local family has the food they need in order to be healthy and safe,” said Tussler.

According to the latest number from the Hunger Task’s Force website, in 2019, nearly 42% of children in Milwaukee County received FoodShare (food stamps) and a full 82% of Milwaukee’s public school students were determined to be economically disadvantaged and this year the pandemic has created challenged unlike any other.

“More and more people in line unemployed or underemployed struggling to make ends meet,” said Tussler.

To purchase peanut butter for the Hunger Task Force, click here.

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