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PBJ PLZ!: First truckload of food arrives

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:10 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - It’s here: the first truckload of food purchased with PBJ PLZ! donations arrived at the Second Harvest warehouse Friday morning.

“This is our first truck load. It has over a dozen pallets worth of food and we’ll be able to purchase two or three more of these,” said Second Harvest of the Big Bend Chief Development Officer James McGowan.

The kid-friendly foods were paid for thanks to $62,000 in donations to WCTV’s PBJ PLZ! drive.

The annual drive is a collaboration among WCTV, Leon County Schools and Second Harvest to help hungry children during the summer when they can’t count on free meals at school.

Typically, it brings in tons of peanut butter and jelly, but the drive has been virtual the past two years due to the pandemic.

“Some Cheez-Its, peanut butter...all the way to the wall,” McGowan said as he watched the pallets being unloaded from the truck. “We’ve got tons of kid friendly items ready to go out for the summer.”

The stacks also included pallets of hearty foods like milk, veggies, stews and lasagna. The pallets were stacked high and it didn’t take long to fill the warehouse floor and approach the roof.

With school in Leon County just ending,  the truck arrived just in time.

The food will be packed in vans and heading out as soon as possible to neighborhoods where kids count on Second Harvest summer feeding programs like Food on the Move.

“This food will be going out immediately next week to kids that are in need,” McGowan said.

A Second Harvest spokeswoman says spots and schedules for the Food on the Move program are being finalized right now and should be announced within the next few days.

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