On March 29, Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) is going to see how many containers of peanut butter & jelly can be collected and assembled into the Haas Family Gallery at PMAC to benefit Gather NH!
Peanut butter is in high demand, as it is a protein food, which Gather NH often includes in their “Meals 4 Kids” distributions (currently over 400 children per vacation week), as well as, offer it in their pantry to their members. The goal at Gather NH is to provide “healthier” foods and education in preparation meals. PMAC is asking for people to drop off their jars of peanut butter & jelly at PMAC to help fill Haas Hall and help Gather NH reach their goal!
PMAC Executive Director Russ Grazier shares, “This is an effort that is close to our hearts at PMAC: supporting children in our community. Knowing that there are hundreds of children living in food insecure homes in the Seacoast makes this day truly important. Help PMAC ensure that Gather does not run out of peanut butter & jelly for children in need.”
About Gather NH: Meals 4 Kids (M4K) serves school aged kids who qualify for free and reduced lunch, or who go to Headstart. During school vacations, and the 11-week summer break, children do not have access to the meals they would normally get at school. Gather creates a menu and provides groceries to each child to prepare 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 snacks…and there is always additional food too. We give all of the items needed to each family including dry goods, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, a protein as well as staples such as bread, milk and eggs. During school breaks, Gather also provides peanut butter and jelly as an additional item and provides it every other week in the summer too. We distribute food in 5 or 6 remote locations (2 in Portsmouth, Kittery Post Office Parking Lot, 2 in Seabrook … and Hampton Centre School in the summer) as well as at our Pantry at 210 West Road. This coming summer we will be launching a pilot program in Rochester as well.
During school breaks, Gather serves about 400 kids aged 5-18. In the summer we average around 500 each week, with some weeks being even more.
We offer nutrition education and recipes for healthy living. In addition, we collaborate with community partners to address the root causes of hunger. http://gathernh.org/