The President's Corner

Nine years ago I read an article about rising peanut butter prices. The article made me think about growing up the son of a single-mother, following my father abandoning us. As a young boy I never thought about why I ate so much peanut butter, but the article made me realize that it was our main source of protein in those lean years due to its relative affordability. The article made me concerned for families like mine growing up.

These thoughts obviously weighed on my mind that evening, as I awoke at 3:00 am with an epiphany that some might call divine intervention. I called my good friend John Visnauskas, founder and director of All Faiths Pantry, and proposed the Parma Peanut Butter Drive. Thanks to John’s encouragement and the generosity of many residents, business owners, and others, we have raised thousands of dollars and pounds of peanut butter that have benefitted the needy of our community.

I am happy to report that the ninth rendition of the Parma Peanut Butter Drive will kick off December 1 and run through the end of the year. I am hopeful that you, dear reader, will be moved to give generously to the drive this year.

Although jars of Peanut Butter are truly appreciated, All Faith Pantry prefers cash donations, as they can purchase peanut butter at wholesale prices, multiplying the effect of your gift. 

Peanut Butter jars may be dropped off at one of our special community partners: either branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, Parma City Hall, Dollar Bank (5219 Pearl Road), Office Depot/Office Max in Parma and Middelburg Heights, or the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cash donations may be sent in the form of a check made payable to All Faiths Pantry and mailed to Parma City Council President Sean Brennan, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio, 44129. Feel free to contact me via email with questions at councilmanbrennan@msn.com

All Faiths Pantry is a simple, practical program that delivers nutritious groceries to seniors and people with limited mobility once a month at no cost to the recipients. With direct deliveries to clients’ homes, the volunteers at All Faiths are practicing their vision of a community where diverse individuals and groups unite to feed the underserved.

Special thanks to the following sponsors of the Peanut Butter Drive: Office Depot/Office Max, Dollar Bank, University Hospitals, the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Jones’ Bones Smokin’ Good BBQ, the Cuyahoga County Public Library System, the Parma Observer, Innovative Window Cleaning, Sustainawell, Chuppa’s Marketplace, Yorktown Service Plaza, and Lamar Outdoor.

To find out more about All Faiths Pantry, check out their website at www.allfaithspantry.org. Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season.

Sean Brennan

Parma City Council President Sean Brennan

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 2:02 PM, 11.30.2019