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Washington Trust Kicks Off 24th Annual Peanut Butter Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks

March 12, 2024

Washington Trust has kicked off its annual Peanut Butter Drive that will benefit local hunger relief agencies throughout RI and CT. Since 2001, the Peanut Butter Drive has collected the equivalent of 159 tons of peanut butter, enough to make more than 5 million peanut butter sandwiches!

“Washington Trust started the Peanut Butter Drive 24 years ago and, since that time, we’ve collected 159 tons of peanut butter— enough to make 5 million peanut butter sandwiches,” said Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Washington Trust Chairman & CEO. “Unfortunately, in today’s economic environment the need is greater than ever, so we once again are asking our friends and neighbors to donate to help feed a local family in need.”

Handy, who formerly served as the President of the Board of Directors at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, provided these Food Bank statistics:

  • The RI Community Food Bank network of 140 member agencies serves 80,000 individuals per month on average, a 51% increase from 2019.
  • One in three households in Rhode Island are food insecure, meaning that they cannot meet their basic food needs.
  • 38% of households with children are at risk of hunger.

How to Donate:

  • Drop off a jar of peanut butter at any Washington Trust branch location. Peanut butter collected at branches will be distributed to local hunger relief agency partners.
  • Visit to make an online donation in support of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Connecticut Foodshare, or the Greater Boston Food Bank.
  • Sign up to host a collection! Washington Trust will share everything necessary to host a collection at your school, business, organization or in your neighborhood.

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