Union Dentist Teams Up with United Way For “PBJ Month”
Donations will benefit Union Food Pantry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Union, Missouri – For the fifth year, Optima Dental Group is joining the United Way in its annual drive to feed hungry children this summer. Until June 20, Optima Dental Group will collect jars of peanut butter and jelly. Demand for those items goes up tremendously once school is out.
Dr. Michael Edwards, owner of Optima Dental Group, knows the importance of giving back to those in need, and he realizes this food drive is just as important as any other, “Once the school year ends, needy children won’t be able to benefit from free or reduced-cost meals. So we’d like to help keep these kids from going hungry this summer.”
Dr. Edwards also is encouraging his patients to join this effort. Patients who donate jars of peanut butter and jelly that are a minimum of 16 ounces each will receive a $10.00 credit to their accounts. Patients are welcome to donate more jars but will only receive a one-time account credit of $10.00.
The United Way of Franklin County has been sponsoring “PBJ Month” for 16 years and distributes the donations it receives among all the food pantries in Franklin County. Optima Dental Group specified the Union Food Pantry as the recipient of all its donations. Optima Dental Group has been a long-time supporter of the Pantry and strives to help the needy members of the local community.
Demand at the Union Food Pantry goes up every summer as area families struggle to close the gap once filled by the schools’ lunch programs. The latest statistics from the Union Food Pantry show demand over the summer months of June, July and August last year went up about 17%, and that comes during a time when donations generally are down. “There’s a five-month period every year in between the big donations from the Post Office in May and the Boy Scouts in November,” said Pantry Volunteer Jan Brennan. “Demand for peanut butter and jelly goes way up during the summer, so this drive is a huge help to our community.”
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