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Proof Positive: Peanut Butter Project

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 15 2014 05:11:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2014 07:52:35 PM CDT

One group in Easton hopes it's found the recipe for stamping out hunger, but your help is needed to help make the Peanut Butter Project stick.

EASTON, Pa. -

One group in Easton hopes it's found the recipe for stamping out hunger, but your help is needed to make the Peanut Butter Project stick.

At the Easton Community Center, children participating in the Weed and Seed Summer Nights Program are learning how to eat healthy.

The program is not a hand out; it is a learning tool, and a way to provide food to families with children who often don't have enough to eat in the summer.

“If you feed someone with emergency food or at a meal then that’s it you fed them for that meal," said Nancy Walters, founder of the Peanut Butter Project. "What our program tries to do with the vouchers is extend the program into the family learning.”

Members of the Kellyn Foundation show families how to cook the food, but funding the vouchers that pay for the food is a little tough.

“Most of this program is because of a donation from somebody, whether it’s an organization or an individual,” said Laura Accetta, site coordinator for the Easton Weed and Seed program.

The goal of the Peanut Butter Project is to raise enough money so no one goes hungry.

Once the families get their recipe and their market dollars, they get to spend it in Centre Square Easton at the farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“We last year had 57 families for the first time go to the Farmers Market and buy food that we knew we could track,” added Eric Ruth, CEO of the Kellyn Foundation.

The market dollars can only be spent on produce at the market.

Last year organizers handed out $3,200.

“We had about 160 percent increase in families that used the vouchers,” said Accetta.

But this year the group is $2,000 short of its goal.

“If you shop at the Farmer’s market, wouldn’t you like to help someone who’s struggling shopping at the Farmer’s Market,” added Walters.

If you would like more information about the Peanut Butter Project or to donate click here.