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Community donates over 1,700 peanut butter jars to Longview organization

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – Longview Community Ministries received a donation of over 1,700 jars of peanut butter from the community as a part of Longview Regional Medical Center’s annual drive.

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“This campaign goes beyond the physical donation of food; each person who took time to donate peanut butter embodies a spirit of kindness, empathy, and community responsibility that defines our community here in East Texas,” Chief Executive Officer of Longview Regional Medical Center Steve Gordon said.

The Longview Community Ministries said the peanut butter jars will be distributed in their monthly food boxes given to people with food insecurity in the community.

The organization held a peanut butter drive that ended on March 25 to aid their efforts.

Kristi Buckrell, executive director for Longview Community Ministries, said peanut butter is a staple because it packs a lot of nutrition, is convenient and has a long shelf life.

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“Peanut butter is one of the more expensive items we purchase from East Texas Food Bank to fill our monthly food box. We spend on average $1,000 monthly purchasing peanut butter and run out in three weeks,” Buckrell said.

Now, with the donation of 1,746 jars of peanut butter, Longview Community Ministries can continue to fight food insecurity in the community.

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