FoodMaxx, Lucky holding peanut butter drive for local food banks

FoodMaxx holding peanut butter drive to benefit local food banks
FoodMaxx at 13220 San Pablo Ave.

The Save Mart Companies, which owns and operates stores under the names of Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky and FoodMaxx, announced Wednesday the start of its 5th Annual Peanut Butter Roundup benefiting local food banks.

Today through May 29, shoppers can stop by the FoodMaxx at 13220 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo as well as the FoodMaxx at 1370 Fitzgerald Dr. in Pinole, to purchase Sunny Select, Jif, Adams or Skippy peanut butter brands for as low as $1.99 per jar. They are then encouraged to donate the peanut butter to marked barrels at the front of the store.

At Lucky and Save Mart stores, including the Lucky at 1530 Fitzgerald Dr. in Pinole and also at 1590 Sycamore Ave. in Hercules, customers can benefit from a Buy One/Get One deal where they can donate the second jar to the food bank barrel. Customers also have the option to round up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar, with all change going to their local food bank.

The event donations drive aims to ensure shelves at local food banks are fully stocked with peanut butter right as summer starts to assist children throughout the state who lose access to their school lunch programs. The West Contra Costa Unified School District also assists in this effort via a summer meals program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Peanut butter is a great donation,” said Stacia Levenfeld, spokeswoman for The Save Mart Companies. “It is nutritious, high in protein, shelf-stable and kids love it! Here at Save Mart Companies, we are dedicated to helping our communities thrive and live healthy lifestyles. We are proud to partner with local food banks.”

Last year, stores in Northern Nevada and California donated $10,000 and collected 10 tons of peanut butter, enough to make a quarter-million sandwiches.