Sharing & Caring launches food drive, business support network

Peanut butter drive

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences extension agent Elaine Courtney displays some of the nearly 300 jars of peanut butter that Crestview area residents donated. The Florida Peanut Producers Association will match the donations, ounce for ounce, and give them to Sharing and Caring and local church soup kitchens.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — If grocery shoppers picked up one extra non-perishable food each week and donated it to Sharing and Caring, the local food bank could meet its weekly demand.

The "Everybody Give One" drive is the brainchild of Sharing and Caring volunteer Bret Jenkins, an instructor at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base.

The number of families that Sharing and Caring serves continues to increase over last year's record-setting numbers, food bank vice president Robin Marston said.

"We're serving well over a hundred a week that walk through the door," she said, explaining that each person who collects food represents several other family members at home who were served by Sharing and Caring.

By buying nonperishable food offered during grocery stores' buy-one-get-one-free, known as "BOGO," sales, donors could help keep the food bank's shelves stocked, Jenkins said.

"If everybody would just give something every week, we'd have more than enough," he said. "When you go to Publix or Winn-Dixie and they have BOGO, that extra one could help feed a family at no extra cost."

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