November 16, 2018

Contact: Catherine Welker,, 413-584-1300 x122

HCG partners with Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive for donations to local Food Bank

HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts by bringing two great efforts together. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.  Join us November 19th, between 2:30-3:30 pm, with donations of cash, checks, and jars of peanut butter and jelly to support the Food Bank.

On November 19th and 20th The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley.  For two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern and a number of supporters will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region. Last year, the event raised more than $258,000.

“Too many people in our country – and yes, in Massachusetts too – are food insecure,” says Congressman Jim McGovern. “Those who battle hunger defy stereotypes. Some are homeless or jobless. Many work – but earn so little that they can’t afford to put food on the table. We have the knowledge, research, and infrastructure to end hunger in America. What we lack is the political will. I’m proud to march alongside Monte to support families here in our community, and raise awareness and support for ending hunger once and for all.”

This cause is something Lavery Greenfield, age 12, has also been passionate about for the last 6 years. She began her Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar drive at age 6, to encourage her community to give to those in need of food. Thanks to the overwhelming community involvement, last year’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive raised a record 1,833 pounds of peanut butter and jelly.

“Many local schools and businesses have joined me in collecting donations for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive,” says Lavery Greenfield. “I am excited about the overwhelming support and abundance of donations we have already received for the Food Bank.”   

Local peanut butter and jelly collection participants include Hatfield Elementary, Hilltown Cooperative School, Leeds Elementary, River Valley Co-op, Belly of the Beast, Fitness Together, Hastings Windows, Hampshire YMCA, Szawlowski Potatoes, and Hampshire County District Court Probation. Marchers include newly elected members of the state legislature, Senator Elect Jo Comerford, and Representative Elect Natalie Blais,

There will be a fire pit and hot cocoa donated by Our Family Farms at the event on Monday. Donations will be accepted by the Greg Stone statue Hope, on the lawn of the Old Courthouse at the corner of Main and King in Northampton. Lavery Greenfield’s generosity to giving back to her community by starting the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive was an inspiration for the Hope statue.

“HCG has long supported Monte’s March and the Food Bank,” says Todd Ford, executive director, HCG. “We are excited to welcome the marchers home at the end of their first day, with donations.”

Come and join us in supporting this worthwhile cause to help ensure that all families have enough to eat.

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HCG supports communities by empowering local, sustainable and efficient economies. The organization helps cities and towns, schools, nonprofits and businesses get the most value by pooling their buying power. Every cent HCG earns goes back to supporting the communities of Western Massachusetts. HCG is funded by its own revenue.