Ford Fund and Northwest dealers are collecting jars of peanut butter to assist local food banks.

FILE PHOTO - Doherty Ford, pictured here during a 2016 ribbon-cutting ceremony, is participating in a peanut butter drive held throughout the Pacific Northwest this month. Donations are being accepted now through Monday, May 14.Doherty Ford and other Pacific Northwest Ford dealerships are teaming up with the Ford Motor Company Fund to collect jars of peanut butter now through Monday, May 14, to help food banks meet summer demand.

The drive is part of a five-state campaign in the Pacific Northwest called Ford Focus on Child Hunger, which supports community food banks. It comes in response to increased demand during summer months, when children from low-income families may be unable to get free meals at school through their school lunch program.

Peanut butter is high in protein, and nearly all brands are vegan. Many brands are shelf-stable as well, lasting for months or years. However, according to Ford, food banks have difficulty stockpiling enough peanut butter to meet demand.

During the drive, people can bring peanut butter donations to Doherty Ford at 4223 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove. Those unable to donate in person can also give via the Ford Feeds Kids website by clicking on the food bank of their choice to make a cash donation. The Northwest Ford Dealer Advertising Association also will be donating one case of peanut butter for each vehicle sold from Saturday, May 5, to Monday, May 14.

"Good nutrition prepares kids for growth and academic success," said Larry Gregerson, program manager for Ford Fund operations in the Pacific Northwest, in a Ford press release. "Ford Fund and Ford dealers support child hunger initiatives so that every child can reach their potential."

According to Ford, the annual peanut butter drive has collected more than 180,000 pounds of peanut butter since 2014.

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