March is National Peanut Month and First Christian Church is spreading the word with their "Peanut Butter for Haiti" project.
Their goal is to collect 5,000 jars of peanut butter, because an 18-ounce jar of the gooey goodness will feed a Haitian family of 10 for one meal. Poverty in the country is so overpowering that most families can only afford to have one meal a day.
Tawnya Whittington and Cindy Schmaltz are the co-directors of the food service ministry at FCC and wanted to take the ministry in a new direction. The suggestion of "Peanut Butter for Haiti" came from the church administrator, Martin Schuch, because FCC already sends cloth diapers to an orphanage in Haiti and it was brought to their attention that peanut butter was also needed.
"It's an almost perfect food because it contains fat and protein, has a long shelf life and doesn't require refrigeration," Whittington states.
Both projects are a division of the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission which was founded in Haiti in 1978 after a group of missionaries visited the country and noticed a need for Christian ideas. The mission's headquarters is located in Frankfort, Ky., where thousands of pounds of apparel, food and medicine are accepted, organized, repackaged and then shipped to Haiti for distribution.
The latest count of jars of peanut butter was 210 at press time, with donations coming from the church's KidZone, Page's and Kroger. The ministry will hold a pancake breakfast on March 26 from 8-9 a.m. at the FCC Family Life Center. The cost of admission is a jar of peanut butter or a monetary donation for the food.
The church will collect peanut butter the rest of the month. Anyone wishing to give to the project may visit the drop-off sites at Sunshine Bible and Gift Shop, 112 W. National Ave., or FFC, or by send monetary donations to FCC at 1875 W. US 40.