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Alyssa and Anthony Golino have completed their third annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive to benefit the House of Hope food pantries.

The two young volunteers had a goal to collect 2,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly from June 1-Aug. 31. They have already more than doubled their goal, and donations are still being picked up from collection sites. The total as of Monday, Sept. 9 was... 5,905 pounds! That's about triple their goal!

The largest single donation just rolled in -- 1,212 jars -- thanks to a letter that Anthony and Alyssa wrote to the Florida Peanut Producers Association. The executive director, Ken Barton, and his wife, Rhonda, drove down from the panhandle of Florida to deliver the peanut butter to House of Hope.

Another major event during the drive was a visit by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who wanted to meet and congratulate Anthony and Alyssa on their effort.

In August 2012, the kids raised 1,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly, exceeding their goal of 600 pounds. It just keeps getting bigger and better and so very important to House of Hope clients during the difficult summer months for our food pantry clients.

Alyssa, 12, and Anthony, 14, thank everyone who participated in the drive. House of Hope will be hosting a thank you reception for the businesses and organizations (below) who participated. The event will be 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. To RSVP, please contact their mom, Gina Golino: (772) 221-1660 or gina@fwd-electric-air.com.


The following businesses and organizations are PB&J collection points:

Forward Electric & Air Conditioning - Palm City
Boys & Girls Clubs – Indiantown, Salerno, Palm City, Hobe Sound
Chambers of Commerce in Hobe Sound, Indiantown & Palm City
UPS Store – Kanner/Salerno Road, Island Crossings Hobe Sound
Harbor Community Bank – Stuart, Indiantown
Martin County Sheriff’s Office
Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutters – Stuart
Peter’s Hardware – Palm City
Milcor Group – Stuart
Stuart Jet Center – Stuart
Tami Karol Insurance Agency – Stuart
Mr. Gyros – Stuart
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney – Stuart
4-H Program – Stuart

Rotary Club of Stuart
Stuart Sound Animal Hospital
European Kitchen & Bath
Seacoast National Bank – Osceola St.
Gran Park Self Storage
Stuart Ceramics
Summerfield community
Hobe Sound Early Learning Center
YMCA – Indiantown
Cowabunga Surf & Sport – Jensen Beach
BodyLogix  Fitness – Jensen Beach
Mr. Auto Insurance – Jensen Beach
North Stuart Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Wing Zone - PSL
The Brennity at Tradition – PSL

Vitalia at Tradition -- PSL

Mail Services Unlimited in Cove Center, Stuart
Midtown Imaging Center, Jupiter
Krumbcakes Bakery and Cafe, Hobe Sound

Click to donate funds to purchase PB&J


Peanut butter is a popular item for food pantries because it is nutrient-rich, has a long shelf life and doesn't require cooking.

House of Hope’s food pantries in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach are the largest providers of food to Martin County residents in need. Last year, the agency gave out 191 tons of food – the equivalent of about 299,000 meals. Food items include canned food, rice, pasta, cereal, fresh produce, meat, bread and, of course, peanut butter and jelly.

House of Hope also helps Martin County residents in need by offering clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case management services.  


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Make a Donation

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to purchase PB&J,
for a secure online form.

You may also send
a check to:
House of Hope
2484 SE Bonita St.
Stuart, FL  34997
Please make a notation that it is for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive



A reception for the businesses and groups that served as collection sites for the drive will be held 5pm-6:30pm on Sept. 30 at House of Hope in Stuart.

To RSVP, please contact Gina Golino, (772) 221-1660


House of Hope + 2484 SE Bonita Street, Stuart, FL  34997-5004
772-286-HOPE (4673) + Fax: 772-286-7696 + www.hohmartin.org