Save Mart, FoodMaxx help with food bank peanut butter collection

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - SPECIAL EVENT: There will be a radio remote to promote the peanut butter drive Saturday, May 19, at the FoodMaxx at 565 E. Prater Way, Sparks.

FoodMaxx and Save Mart stores are holding their fifth annual Peanut Butter Roundup. This signature event of The Save Mart Companies aims to stock the shelves of local food banks right as summer starts and thousands of children across the state lose their school lunch programs.

In northern Nevada, Food Bank of Northern Nevada and the Ron Wood Family Resource Center will benefit.

Through May 29, stores will offer Jif, Adams, Skippy and Sunny Select peanut butters specials such as a Buy One/Get One—making it easy for shoppers to Buy One and Give One in any of the stores.

“Peanut butter is a great donation,” says Stacia Levenfeld, Executive Director of Public Affairs 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.”

Save Mart customers can buy one jar of peanut butter and get a second jar free to donate in barrels at stores. Both peanut butter jars must be the same brand; Sunny Select, Jif and Adams peanut butter brands are participating this year’s Peanut Butter Roundup. Save Mart locations will also offer customers the option to round up their grocery bills to the nearest dollar and all change goes to a local food bank. Last year Save Mart and Lucky stores donated nearly $10,000 company-wide. This is the second year in a row the “round up” feature is available at the cash register.

FoodMaxx customers can buy Sunny Select, Jif, Adams and Skippy peanut butter at as low as $1.99 a jar to donate to local food banks. Last year, Save Mart and Lucky stores in Northern Nevada and California donated $10,000 and collected 10 tons of peanut butter, enough to make a quarter-million sandwiches.