John Williams’ ‘Peanut Butter & Jolly’ Drive Collects 4,500 Jars Of Peanut Butter For Chicagoland Food Pantries
After hearing that food banks and pantries across the nation are experiencing a shortage of peanut butter — one of the most often-requested items that’s a kid-friendly source of protein with a long shelf life — due to rising food costs and need, WGN Radio midday host John Williams was inspired to rally his listeners and collect peanut butter donations to be distributed to food pantries across Chicagoland.
On December 1, John Williams’ “Peanut Butter & Jolly” drive took place at 18 locations around the Chicagoland area that volunteered to collect donations. The response from listeners was overwhelming, and in just one day 4,500 jars of peanut butter were collected. The donations were delivered to the WGN Radio Showcase Studio on December 2, where John Williams broadcast surrounded by thousands of jars of peanut butter and marveled at the generosity of WGN Radio listeners.
“I’m sitting in an igloo of peanut butter jars thanks to all of you who made donations,” said Williams. “Merry ‘Chrithmath’ to all!”
Following the show, all 4,500 jars of peanut butter were delivered to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to be distributed among their member food pantries.