The results are in, and the Rotary Club of University Place-Fircrest, according to organizer Scott Seitz, who was the official scorekeeper, crushed the competing teams. While we don’t have the detail results for the other clubs, the UP-Fircrest club collected 2524 lbs. ( 110 lbs. per member) or 2406 lbs. (104.6 lbs. per member), respectively. Last year’s total was 78 lbs. per member. Club members were overwhelmed by the generosity of the shoppers at our local Safeway store (Green Firs Store #386), who purchased the peanut butter and dropped it off at our location as they left the store over the two weekends of collections. Peanut butter has a long shelf life, which makes it really suitable for the food collections.
Store Manager Linda Johnson and Assistant Manager Bryan Turner (pictured) hosted us and were well supported by their staff, some of whom made their own peanut butter contributions. In addition to the peanut butter, shoppers contributed over 200 pounds of other nonperishable items.
The Families Unlimited Network food bank distributes food to 41,000 individuals facing food insecurity in the UP-Fircrest area.