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October - December 2009     VOLUME 13 ISSUE 4
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Peanut Butter P.O.P. "People Overcoming the Problem of Hunger"

VolunteerLake and partners to help feed the hungry
Helena Osborne-Ponsi

VolunteerLAKE will partner for the 4th year with Peanut Butter P.O.P. "People Overcoming the Problem of Hunger" project to make October 1 through October 24, 2009 a County of Lake educational awareness and collection event. The following libraries will be collection points throughout the month: Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-In-the-Hills; Helen Lehmann Memorial Library in Montverde; W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora; Fruitland Park Library; and the Umatilla Public Library.

Hunger in Central Florida is devastating, it's pervasive, and it's growing. The pantries, soup kitchens and shelters surveyed are reporting an increase in the number of clients since 2001. With the rise of Central Floridians receiving help from food pantries, food pantries themselves are in need of food! One of the most needed items is peanut butter because most food banks cannot purchase it due to its cost.

In Lake County, we have residents living below the poverty level. In the past three years, Peanut Butter P.O.P. has greatly helped residents needing food assistance by the annual collection of peanut butter jars.

During the month of October, Peanut Butter P.O.P. will be bringing awareness to the community and schools about the problem of hunger. Many of the partners are doing individual Peanut Butter Food Drives. On National Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 24th, Peanut Butter P.O.P. will culminate with volunteers heading up peanut butter food drives at local supermarkets.

VolunteerLAKE, Second Harvest Food Bank, Publix, Golden Triangle YMCA, Children & Elder Services, Veteran Service, Lake County Library System, and Teen Court will be promoting awareness of hunger issues and potential solutions to the problem.

 For additional information contact 352-742-6590.