By Mark Holan, Sun News
on December 07, 2013 at 8:34 AM, updated December 07, 2013 at 2:26 PM
It came to Parma City Council President Sean Brennan one morning before one of his daily runs two years ago. Brennan decided that one of the best things he could do during the holiday season was to help fill the shelves of the All Faiths Pantry.
The Pantry serves low-mobility residents in Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn and the Old Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods of Cleveland.
Thus was born the Parma Peanut Butter Drive, now in its third year. Last year’s drive collected over 1,100 jars of peanut butter and raised $1,500.
This year’s Drive is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Ohio, Republic Waste and Recycling Services, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma Branches, Parma Community General Hospital and the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Peanut butter is the primary source of protein for those of little financial means,” Brennan said. “In recent years, the price of peanut butter has skyrocketed, making it out of reach for those who need it most.
“I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the Parma area’s residents, businesses and non-profit organizations, all of which come together to help senior citizens and other low-mobility residents on fixed incomes served by the pantry.”
Potential donors are asked to consider donating a jar of peanut butter or making at least a $5 donation to support the drive. Donations may be dropped off at the Parma City Hall City Council office, any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch in Parma, Parma Community General Hospital or the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce office in Parmatown Mall.
Make checks payable to: All Faiths Pantry. Checks may be mailed to: Parma Peanut Butter Drive, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129. Donations may also be made online at allfaithspantry.org. The drive runs through Dec. 31.