Fire Department Hosting Food Drive for Peanut Butter, Jelly Donations
The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District wants to make sure local kids have enough to eat this summer.
After school is out, some local families who depend on school breakfast and lunches and weekend backpacks stuffed with food can struggle to feed their children.
Staffers at Upper Pine are hosting their second-annual summer food drive to collect peanut butter and jelly. Last year, they collected 577 jars of goober goodness in May. This month, they’re shooting for 972 jars, the number of calls run in 2018. The drive will conclude on Friday, May 31st, so donations brought this week are appreciated. So far, only 27 jars have been donated, so department members hope the final week will bring in a surge of donations. The summertime staples will be donated to Pine River Shares.
"We hope to stock the shelves of our local food banks to help kids have a great summer,” wrote Chief Bruce Evans of Upper Pine. “Our local food banks are looking for all kinds of donations if you are hoping to do more to support our cause." Food bank donations are accepted at Bayfield Town Hall and Pine Valley Church at 1328 County Road 501.
Pine River Shares arranges for food commodity distributions in Bayfield and packs weekend backpacks for local children to take home during the school year. The peanut butter and jelly will be distributed throughout the summer to local families. There’s also a weekly food share and hot pot from noon to 3 p.m. on Mondays during the summer, except the fourth Monday of the month, when the commodity food distribution takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Photo courtesy Pine River Shares
Pine River Shares new office is located in downtown Bayfield in the old primary school building.
Starting on June 3, Pine River Shares will be in its new location at 658 East Street in downtown Bayfield, in the old primary school building.
Pine River Shares also hosts monthly community dinners and potlucks. This month’s dinners will be held on June 15, July 13 and Aug. 10.
Donors can bring new unopened jars of peanut butter and jelly to any of these locations:
Administration building, 515 Sower Dr., Bayfield, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The following locations can accept donations 24/7:
Station 1 at 75 S. Clover Drive in Bayfield
Station 5 at 6891 CR 501, across from Forest Lakes
Station 4 at 80 W. Vallecito Creek, north of the reservoir.