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WashTrust collects 100 tons of peanut butter in 12 years

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WESTERLY – The Washington Trust Co. collected more than six tons of peanut butter during this year’s annual drive to combat hunger in the state, bringing the bank’s 12-year total to more than 100 tons of peanut butter.

“We are incredibly pleased with these results and grateful for the generosity of local Rhode Island businesses, organizations and schools that helped us collect more than 100 tons of peanut butter over the past 12 years,” Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust chairman, president and CEO, said in prepared remarks. “Washington Trust is committed to fighting hunger and helping Rhode Island families in need.”

According to the release, the 100 tons of peanut butter – which were distributed to local food banks through the state - was enough to make almost 4 million peanut butter sandwiches.

This year’s six tons of peanut butter, which was collected during the bank’s drive in March, benefited the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Rumford, the Comprehensive Community Action Program in Cranston, the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Block Island, the Johnnycake Centers of Westerly and Peacedale, the North Kingstown Food Pantry, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, the Providence In-Town Churches Association in Pawcatuck, Conn., the Rhode Island Center Assisting Those In Need in Charlestown, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the WestBay Community Action Program in Warwick and the Wood River Food Pantry in Richmond.

“We are very grateful to Washington Trust for conducting the peanut butter drive and their efforts to help fight hunger in our community. We are humbled by the community response,” Elizabeth Pasqualini, executive director of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly, said in a statement.

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