Schools are collecting peanut butter

Posted on: Thu, 01/17/2002 - 2:39am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

A local radio station in Knox County, Tennesse, is collecting jars of peanut butter through the local schools. They are encouraging everyone to bring the peanut butter to the schools for collection.

I would encourage anyone who feels that this is wrong to send an e-mail to them at: [email][/email].

Here is a copy of what I wrote to them:

"Dear B-97.5:

I am writing to express my disappointment at your latest campaign to collect peanut butter for the hungry through the Knox County schools.

I would like you to know that there are millions of children with life-threatening peanut allergies that can be triggered just by the touch or even smell of peanut butter. The parents of these millions are working very hard to keep peanut butter OUT of the schools...just the opposite of what you are trying to do.

Though I commend your charitable efforts in providing food for the hungry, I thought you should know the implications of your peanut butter project, and hope you will reconsider your efforts.

Thanks for listening."

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 8:58am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just an update. The radio station replied to my letter. Though I don't agree with the idea that closed jars are safe, I think I have brought some awareness to the issue and they will think carefully before they have another campaign like this one. I feel good about my first foray into activism!
Here is their reply:
"Sorry to take so long to reply, but I wanted to get some expert advice on
this subject before I responded."
"First of all, I can appreciate the plight of a parent with children who
suffer from this allergy. I imagine it's pretty tough to avoid all the
items that contain peanuts or peanut byproducts."
"According to the Knox Co. Health Department, as long as the Peanut Butter
remains sealed in its original packaging (which is the only way Second
Harvest will accept it), it is safe for children who suffer from this
allergy. Even if these children were to bring in a jar, the health experts
say that they would be safe from any reaction."
"If you would prefer your children not to handle the PB jars (and we
certainly understand that), but would still like them to take part, we will
gladly accept any canned food item. You may not realize this, but Peanut
Butter is the NUMBER ONE requested food item at Second Harvest. Second
Harvest also tells us that it's a fairly complete food that provides for an
awful lot of a person's nutritional needs."
"Thanks for bringing our attention to this problem. It's certainly something
that we'll keep in mind as we plan any future food drives."
"Thanks for listening!"

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 9:01am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Congratulations on your first activist role! I don't buy it for a second. I am sure there is not one parent at this site who would allow their child to hold a jar of peanut butter and I can't imagine any allergists suggesting it either. At least you have educated them about PA!

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 1:46pm
Anonymous's picture
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This one infuriated me! I think what I find most bothersome about it is that there has always been the *issue* of low income = peanut butter ("we can't feed our children anything else because we're poor", which I definitely don't buy into and for a very good reason). Also, what about PA individuals and children who need to use food banks or whereever the school was sending the pb? There are PA children born into low income families.
I recognize that yes, pb is a good source of protein (it is not "cheap" anymore) and certainly something that one might contribute to a food bank. But still. What about the PA person who might need to use the food bank?
As with everything, and who knows it better than we all do, living with it every day, there are SO many other things that can be done that don't involve bloody peanut butter.
Sorry, I shouldn't be on the board right now, it's been a long day (not PA related really) but when I start to rant and rave, it's time to close for the night, definitely.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 1:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Tucker's Mom, and definitely, congrats on becoming an activist! It's a good feeling, isn't it? Keep going! [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 3:17pm
lucifer's picture
Joined: 09/23/2010 - 22:03

and it is said that with my wrath peanut butter will fall from the skies and fill your glorious land. From every mountain peak to the depths of every great valley, the peanut butter cometh. you will not be able to run, nor will you hide when the gates of hell openly consume your world with peanut butter. run and hide your progeny, repent to your lord but when the phallus like nut strikes you behind, you will not survive. HAHAHAHA

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/2010 - 11:51am
HookwormIsHope's picture
Joined: 10/13/2010 - 21:22

Tucker's Mom, CONGRATS!!! I'm going to get started on things like this myself! Thank you for inspiring me to be an activist!

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