An Appling food pantry is in need of peanut butter.
Columbia County Cares has been experiencing a peanut butter shortage for two months, with both Golden Harvest Food Bank and local food drives unable to meet the demand, said food pantry director Dave Iverson.
“I don’t know why,” he said. “Nobody seems to have peanut butter, and so we have not been able to get it.”
To make up the deficit, the food pantry will accept peanut butter donations in front of the IGA store in Harlem on Saturday during the annual Oliver Hardy Festival.
“Whether we get one jar or we get 500 jars, we’re going to consider it successful,” Iverson said.
Iverson doesn’t believe the recent peanut butter recall in grocery stores across the country is behind the shortage. Instead, he said local churches participating in summer programs most likely used a lot of the peanut butter making sandwiches for children.
“As long as the people get fed, that’s all we care (about),” he said. “ If it all went to help in the summer feeding program that was fine.”
The peanut butter drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in front of the Harlem IGA located at 575 W. Milledgeville Road.
Columbia County Cares is a non-profit organization that provides temporary food service for those needing assistance.
“Peanut butter is one of our staples that people generally are looking for,” Iverson said. “A jar of peanut butter will go a long way in feeding families.”