Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive needs a boost this year to help “spread the love” in WNY

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(WIVB) – A long-running charitable drive needs some extra help to spread the love this season.

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive is now in its 11th year of collecting jars of peanut butter, jelly, and marshmallow fluff for food pantries throughout Western New York.

COVID-19 has been tough on food pantries all over the area- and the drive’s parent company, A Hand Up Inc., gave away much of their store of jars to help this year.

“There was enough that would normally last us a year, but then COVID hit and everyone was shut in, people lost their jobs, kids were home without food,” CEO of A Hand Up Inc. Pete Robinson said.  “We decided to box stuff up and send it to food pantries ahead of time, and it worked- it worked a little too well. We’re into our September-December 2021 stock.”

The drive runs through Dec. 10, and Robinson says they’re looking to collect as many jars as possible.

“We’re aggressively trying to get as many jars of peanut butter and jelly as we can, speak to as many people as we can, and hopefully get some corporate sponsorships so we can help do what we’re supposed to do- help our neighbors so we can be better neighbors,” Robinson added.

The drive got its start in 2009 at the Niagara County Courthouse.

“After we got done doing the Operation Christmas drive, we decided that we wanted to give,” Ronbinson explained.

They planned to do a canned food drive for the local Salvation Army, but one of their friends stopped by and mentioned that they had heard on NPR that there was a shortage of peanut butter in food pantries.

“An idea went off in my head and I said “why don’t we just collect peanut butter?”,” Robinson said.

The drive was a success in its first year, bringing in about 1,500 jars in two weeks.

It has since expanded- collection sites are across Western New York from Buffalo to Medina.

The jars are distributed all over Western New York, and some have even gone on humanitatrian missions to other parts of the country.

“It’s amazing to see how many people care in our community,” Robinson added.

Here’s a list of collection sites. For more information, visit the drive’s Facebook group.


The Winery at Marjim Manor


Elderwood Village at Bassett Park

Ramos and Ramos


Eden Heights of Eden Assisted Living


Greek Cuisine

Slack Automotive Collision & Paint “After The Whack Take It To Slack”


15 Bywater Drive – PORCH drop-off

Grand Island

Dana’s Stylin’ PetsIsland Ship Center

Pizza Amore “The Wood Fire Way”


Deal Realty, Inc.

DiCamillo Bakery

Great Lakes Real Estate

Lockport (City):


Chenez’s Popcorn

Cornerstone Community FCU

Cornerstone Ice Arena

The Dale Association


First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, NY

Frames By Ames

Gould’s Christmas In The City

Gould’s Flowers & Gifts

Great Lakes Asset Solutions

Herbal Magick inc.

Kenan Center

Lake Effect Ice Cream


Moose 617/Chapter 382 One Moose

Lockport Public Library

Lockport City School District (All Schools)

Lockport Board of Education

Masonic Lodge

Mental Health Association in Niagara County, Inc.

Mirror Thairapy

Niagara County Courthouse and County Clerk’s Office

Niagara’s Choice Federal Credit Union (Lockport Location ONLY)

Papa Leo’s Pizzeria

Prayer Room Ministries COGIC

Riches Chiropractic

Scirto’s Awards and Gifts

Scripts Cafe

Social Servces

Spalding Ace Hardware Co.

Sub Delicious

Sullivan’s Hair Design

The Lock Keeper Coffee House

Tom’s Diner

T & K Martial Arts Center

Windsor Village Artisan & Antique Market

Hometown 1340 WLVL

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier

Lockport (Town)

5651 Locust Street Extension (Outside Drop Box)

Advantage Physical Therapy

Amazin Grace Dance Studio Inc

Bernardi’s Pizza & Subs

Christ Episcopal Church

Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union

Countryside Veterinary Clinic, P.C.

Edward Jones Financial – John Gibson

Evans Bank 5688 S. Transit Lockport Location Only

Lockport Elks Lodge #41

Lockport Rehab and Health Care Center

Heinrich Chevrolet

Howell Motors Ford Inc.

Mount Olive Lutheran Church

Niagara Hospice

Podiatry Solution of WNY PLLC

POP Party Supply

Ridgewood Bible Church

South Lockport Fire Co.,

Inc.Starpoint Central School District (Official)

Warrens Corners Umc

West Herr Honda

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier


EZ Shop

Lyndonville NY Fire Company

White Birch Golf Course


Cusimano’s Pizzeria

Orleans/Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers



Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union


Newfane Dental

Newfane High School

Newfane Middle School

Newfane United Methodist Church

Ontario Shores Federal Credit Union

Niagara Falls

Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union

David’s Home of the Steak Hoagy

DiCamillo Bakery x 3 locations


GHD Group

LJ Hair Design

Little Bakery x 2 locations

Marsh’s General Store

Nelson’s Cafe

Presti Karate Center

Secure Storage of Niagara Falls

Tim Horton’s: 8500 NF Blvd, 22248 Niagara Rd, 3024 Pine Ave., 4700 Military Road

Violas Submarine Shop

North Tonawanda

Confer Plastics, Inc.

Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union


Granto Barber Co

North Tonawanda Middle School

St. Johnsburg Fire Company


Imagine That Olcott

The Prickly Pear Plantery


Craft Coffee House

Pendleton Town Hall


Royalton Town Hall


Hoover Dairy

Orleans-Niagara BOCES


337 Forbes Avenue (outside drop box)

Tonawanda Moose Lodge 2163

The Hideaway Grille


90 Morningstar Court (starting 11/12), orange bin on porch

Buffalo Medical Group 325 Essjay

DiCamillo Bakery

Podiatry Solutions of WNY


The Cookie Cottage WNY


St. Michael’s Lutheran Church and PreSchool

Wrights Corners

Niagara Art TrailWrights Corners Fire Company

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