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Volunteers collect nearly 1,600 pounds of peanut butter

The Peanut Butter Project collected nearly 1,600 pounds of peanut butter. Pictured, left to right, are Veronica Brown, Girl Scout Troop 041, Susan Goudge, Mall Manager Paul Bunyan Mall, Marissa Logan-Holm, Girl Scout Troop 041, Jack Judkins, Coordinator, Bemidji Community Food Shelf, Samantha Nagle, Girl Scout Troop 041, Patty Nagle, Girl Scout Troop 041 Leader and Nicholas Nagel from Boy Scout Troop 25. submitted photo

BEMIDJI - The Peanut Butter Project, a collaborative effort to provide peanut butter to benefit local children in need, has announced the final results of its food drive.

The effort collected 1,168 jars of peanut butter, equal to 1,593 pounds. Volunteers also raised $587.25 in donations, which will benefit the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

In conjunction with February National Kindness Week and March National Nutrition Month, the community volunteer initiative was developed by Paul Bunyan Mall.

The campaign, which collected donations from Feb. 15 to March 31, also was supported by the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, local grocers, schools and churches, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Girl Scout Troop 041 and all P.B. Recruiters.

The Peanut Butter Project pivoted on the theme of volunteerism and community service with an emphasis on "Kids Helping Kids."

Jack Judkins, Coordinator of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, nominated the Peanut Butter Project for a Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign Award, and it was selected along with 12 other state programs. It is the first time a project from Bemidji has been recognized.