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GR8 Job: Thousands of jars of peanut butter collected for school backpack program

: Poplar Bluff Middle School students (from left) McKenna Miller, Marco Buchanan Jr., Ava Monaghan, Cassidy Heuiser and Cameron Skinner exhibit a peanut butter pyramid. (Source: Poplar Bluff R-I School District) : Poplar Bluff Middle School students (from left) McKenna Miller, Marco Buchanan Jr., Ava Monaghan, Cassidy Heuiser and Cameron Skinner exhibit a peanut butter pyramid. (Source: Poplar Bluff R-I School District)
Food items are sorted for the Mule Packs program at the new storage facility on the Middle School campus. (Source: Poplar Bluff R-I School District) Food items are sorted for the Mule Packs program at the new storage facility on the Middle School campus. (Source: Poplar Bluff R-I School District)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) -

There was a very good reason why stores in one Region 8 community ran out of peanut butter.

That’s because people were buying jars by the case to donate to the Mules Pack program in Poplar Bluff.

Dozens of businesses and organizations donated a total of 2,638 jars of peanut butter, along with hundreds of jars of jelly and boxes of crackers, throughout the month of February.

The food drive was Bright Future’s most successful campaign to date, according to a news release from the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District.

“Once again, our community pulled through to take care of our kids that need a little extra attention,” said Carrie Booker, Bright Futures coordinator.

The goal of the initiative was to encourage community leaders to ask personnel and customers to help build pyramids comprised of peanut butter donations. Those who were challenged were asked to in turn tag others via Facebook.

The peanut butter will be used to fill special backpacks distributed bi-monthly to 150 families in need.

In addition to the PB&J, the district also purchased more than 5,000 hurricane relief packages of food items from the Missouri State Surplus Property agency at a greatly reduced price.

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