Monday, January 16, 2012

Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day

Annual PB and J food drive benefits adamsco Food distribution center

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – The Commerce City Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth and Teen Advisory Committee is spearheading this year’s annual “Spread the Love” peanut butter and jelly food drive, which runs from Jan. 13 – Feb. 14 to benefit the Adams County Food Distribution Center.

Spring break and the summer holiday can take a toll on many families struggling to make ends meet. With school out of session, children won’t receive their staple meals through existing school programs and often go hungry. The food distribution center typically distributes about 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly each week during spring and summer school breaks. “Spread the Love” – now in its sixth year – has provided more than 3,310 jars of this staple to help bridge this seasonal gap.

“After the holiday season, this annual food drive is a great way to continue giving back to the community,” said Jenna Johnson, teen recreation coordinator for Commerce City. “Peanut butter and jelly is an easy meal for kids to make on their own without having to use the stove and provides nutritional value.”

The department’s youth and teen advisory committee is seeking community support to reach their goal of 1,000 jars collected. All jars of peanut butter and jelly must be store-bought and unopened; home-made jellies and jams will not be accepted. Residents and businesses can drop off jars at the following locations from now until Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012:

· Recreation Center, 6060 E. Parkway Drive

· Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Avenue

· Commerce City Police Department Substation, 18240 E. 104th Avenue

· Belle Creek Family Center, 10693 Belle Creek Boulevard

· Reunion Recreation Center, 17910 E. Parkside Drive North

All jars will be delivered to the Adams County Food Distribution Center so families can receive items prior to this year’s spring break. For more information, contact Jenna Johnson at 303-289-3674 or

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