The President's Corner
I am currently training to complete my 100th full 26.2 mile marathon, which I will be running to benefit those in need. As the founder of the annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive, I have found that COVID-19 has resulted in a greater need for food assistance in our community and that the ability to collect donations is quite challenging. Determined to make the 10th annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive, sponsored by Rumpke Waste & Recycling, the most successful to date, I plan to parlay my personal achievement to ensure the success of the Drive.
Please consider donating to this year’s drive. Whether it is a total $5 donation or $1 or more for each mile I plan to run, I welcome whatever folks are able to give. The goal is raise $5,000 to benefit the clients of All Faiths Pantry. Due to the challenges presented by the pandemic, jars of peanut butter will not be collected this year. Instead, cash donations may be submitted to https://fb.me/e/2YQaXp8EJ or checks mailed to All Faiths Pantry, P.O. Box 34239, Parma, Ohio, 44129 (place Parma Peanut Butter Drive in the message).
John Visnauskas, All Faiths Pantry Founder and Vice President, stated the following, “A pledge of just fifty cents a mile is enough for us to source a whole case of PB as a Food Bank agency. Sean has not only brought tons of PB to Parma area seniors through the years, but more importantly, he has helped us bring public awareness to the challenges that local seniors face in feeding themselves every day.” Visnauskas added, “We’re very proud of all the individuals and community partners that have supported Sean’s initiative over the past decade.”
I plan to run all 26.2 miles within the city of Parma on Saturday, December 19 starting at 8:00 a.m. My route will begin and end at the script Parma sign, and take me through several of Parma’s major thoroughfares and neighborhoods. To view the full route visit https://www.plotaroute.com/mobile/route/1350569?units=miles.
The drive will once again run from December 1 through December 31.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan