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We're Teaming Up With United Way For “PBJ Month”
Donations will benefit Union Food Pantry

For the fourth year, Optima Dental Group is joining the United Way in its annual drive to feed hungry children this summer.  From now until July 31, Optima Dental Group will collect jars of peanut butter and jelly.  Demand for those items really goes up once school is out.

I understand how important it is for area businesses to help donate to food drives that help feed low-income families in the community.  Most people are in the giving spirit around this holidays, but this food drive is just as important.  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 its 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 $20.00 credit to their accounts.  Patients are welcome to donate more jars but will only receive one account credit of $20.00.

The United Way of Franklin County has been sponsoring “PBJ Month” for 17 years and distributes the donations it receives among all the food pantries in Franklin County.  The Union Food Pantry will receive all the donations collected by Optima Dental Group.  Dr. Edwards and his team have been long-time supporters of the Pantry and strive to help 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.  This increase in demand 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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