COLUMBIA, S.C. — Harvest Hope Food Bank is asking the community to "Spread the Love" and donate 1,000 jars of peanut butter by the end of February.

Peanut butter is one of the most frequently requested items by food banks because it is kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and protein-rich.

According to Wendy Broderick, CEO of Harvest Hope, there are over 65,000 people in Richland County struggling with food insecurity and rely on the food bank to help feed their families.

Donations of plastic jars of peanut butter can be dropped off at these Harvest Hope collection sites:

  • Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road, Columbia
  • ProDrivers, 3740 Fernadina Road, Suite B, Columbia
  • Mattress Firm, 68-A Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC 29212
  • Mattress Firm, 3300 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204
  • Mattress Firm, 8504 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223
  • Mattress Firm, 4732 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29209
  • Mattress Firm, 5416-A Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072
  • Mattress Firm, 5449-A Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC 29072

Donations can also be made through Harvest Hope’s Amazon Wishlist and online at www.donate.harvesthope.org. A donation of $15, will provide 12 jars of peanut butter.

If your organization or business would like to host a peanut butter drive or be a collection point, contact Harvest Hope at 803-254-4432 or hhfb@harvesthope.org.

Operating out of locations in Columbia, Florence and Greenville, Harvest Hope distributes more than 32.7 million pounds of food each year and feeds approximately 31,405 people a week across South Carolina.