Tucson Carnival Encourages People to Bring Peanut Butter!

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 5:19pm
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Take a look at this event. They give people a discount for bringing a jar of peanut butter to their huge carnival event:

****$5 discount with Jar of Peanut Butter OR Cereal***

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Unbelievable!!!!

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 8:54pm
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I assume they will be donating it to a food bank. Seems OK to me.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 9:24pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Sandra Y:
[b]I assume they will be donating it to a food bank. Seems OK to me.[/b]
I agree.
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Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 11:38pm
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You have to admit, pb is a cheap source of protein, shelf stable and a staple at many food banks.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 2:59am
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I know that I'm new to this, but since the majority of people can safely eat peanut products, what

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 3:07am
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Donation aside, I'm picturing some broken or opened jars of peanut butter. I still think it's a hazard for us PA folks. There are plenty of other things they could ask people to donate, like canned fish, canned chicken, etc. These wouldn't potentially break -- and couldn't get opened without a can opener!

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 4:43am
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I'm from Tucson and involved in the UA4Food drive.
The Spring Fling falls in the middle of the big UA4Food drive. They ask for specific food donations that they need during Spring Fling. This year it is food for the Snak-pak program, kids in needs take home a backpack of kid-friendly snack food on Fridays to help them over the weekend.
So, they are asking for pb and cereal for the Snak-paks at the Spring Fling. You can bring other foods, you just don't get a discount.
The food donations are collected at the entrance.
I see no harm in it at all.
Adrienne
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Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 11:19am
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One of the schools my daughter attended did a food drive and there was a broken peanut butter jar in the main hall for pick-up so I do understand the risks.
Hear are my thoughts, how many people at receiving food from the food bank have PA? Is it really a safe food to donate from the perspective of people on the receiving end? Can they accomidate a child with PA if the need arrises? How do they store items when they are donated?
There is a contact page on the website. Has anyone contacted the board to see how they will handle the jars once they arrive? Are they keeping them in one area? Will they have a gate for people with allergies to enter? If you are attending or would want to attend on peanut night (only one night of the event), and you think it is a problem I think they should be contacted--they might not be aware it could be an issue. They seem to be wanting to help people and might not be aware of potential risks.

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 12:51am
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I am ok with that idea. It is a great source of protien... I wouldn't be worried about a jar breaking.. most of them are plastic now...
Just my opinion.
Unfortuately it is n't a Peanut free world.
Therese

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 3:45am
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Quote:Originally posted by Peanut Militia:
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Hear are my thoughts, how many people at receiving food from the food bank have PA? Is it really a safe food to donate from the perspective of people on the receiving end? Can they accomidate a child with PA if the need arrises? How do they store items when they are donated?
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This is a larger question. We as a community have a responsibility when donating items to food banks to also donate PA safe items like soybutter and sunbutter. I know sunbutter is expensive, but once a year it could be donated for many families. Sunbutter sent me a free jar once after I filled out a survey. That was an opportunity (I think it's still unopened in my pantry--so it's still there).
I've donated this stuff before--right after Katrina when throngs of folks were in Houston, and I labeled the lid for someone with a peanut allergy.
I understand the necessity of PB at food banks. But we can provide a safe alternative for families with PA, as long as they don't have soy or sunflower or pea allergies.
An aside: DS has volunteered at a food pantry, and when he goes, they sack food that they've bought for the food pantry (that his church children's group bought with the money they earned), so no PB there, but one time he had to do something different because of PB sacking. That was fine, though.

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 4:35am
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The jar that broke was plastic. Who knows what had happened to it, but it was split down the side.
After thinking about this I called our local women's shelter and let them know that if they have a PA need for food to please contact me. The lady on the phone was very helpful and took down my info. She said they had had that situation in the past and did have to scramble to accomidate the family (bedding...). What a great idea to take a jar of sunbutter to them!

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