Roanoke food bank issues Peanut Butter Challenge for back-to-school

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - When you're picking up some back to school items you might want to consider picking up a jar of peanut butter for another student in need.

Coordinators with Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank say there are many kids who go hungry in our hometowns.

One way to help fix that is with peanut butter. Amanda Allen, Communications Director with the food bank, said peanut butter is the most requested but least donated food item.

"It's shelf stable, it's very high in protein and of course its liked by children and senior citizens and families alike," Allen said. "So it's something we distribute a lot of, as much as we can, and it goes in and out pretty quickly."

This month the food bank issued its Peanut Butter Challenge to help stock the pantry.

Kroger stores all over Southwest Virignia are accepting peanut butter donations.

Feeding America will also accept monetary donations to buy peanut butter throughout the year. Those donations will be match by Kroger by up to $4,000.