According to a 2020 study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, nearly 27% of LGBTQ+ people, an estimated 3,029,000 adults, experienced food insecurity in the past year.
In an effort to generate awareness around this issue, we're launching a yearlong initiative to donate One Million Spoonfuls of peanut butter (that's about 36,000 pounds!) to food banks across the United States.
Since LGBTQ+ people seeking access to food are largely using the existing network of public food banks, we have chosen to donate to a combination of larger food banks serving the general public as well as smaller pantries that focus on the LGBTQ+ communities.
Starting in our hometown of New York City, we'll be making donations of peanut butter to Food Bank For New York City and the Silvia Rivera Food Pantry. You can read more about how Food Bank For New York City supports the LGBTQ+ community on their website.
We're also teaming up with local partners in select cities to help get the word out! Our friends at Orwashers Bakery will be offering a delicious, limited-run “Peanut Butter Dream Bar" made with Peanut Butter & Co. Original Peanut Powder. For every treat purchased, Orwashers will donate one dollar to The Food Bank for New York City.
We'll continue our journey across the United States, sending peanut butter to several food banks over the next year. To follow along on the trip, and see the delicious, local creations, make sure you're following along on Instagram #OneMillionSpoonfuls! We hope One Million Spoonfuls inspires other brands and companies to take action and provide assistance wherever they’re able.