Collin County cities including Richardson have come together to sponsor the “Spread the Hope” Collin County Peanut Butter Drive, which kicked off today and wraps up Sept. 30. Last year the drive collected 190,000 pounds of peanut butter, so the goal for this year has been increased to 220,000 pounds.

Donations will go to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), which provides access to 190,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 partner agencies, including Richardson’s Network of Community Ministries. Peanut butter is perpetually on NTFB’s list of most-needed foods, since it’s nutritious, kid-friendly and high in protein. However, it is not a popular donated item to the food bank due to cost. Other butters such as almond, hazelnut, sunflower seed and soynut are also accepted.

The big change this year is that due  to COVID-19, this year’s drive will take place virtually, with donations taking place online via www.ntfb.org/pbdrive. Unlike previous years, there will be no physical drop-off locations.

For more information and to watch a video about the event featuring the participating cities’ mayors (including Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker), visit www.ntfb.org/peanutbutterdrive.