Mesquite AMBUCS President Brooks Watts presented a check for $2,000 toward the Spread the Love campaign to go toward two local food pantries – Sharing Life Community Outreach and Mesquite Social Services – that will use this donation to feed families in need.
"We have kids in our community that the only meals that they eat are the breakfast and lunch that the school gives them," said Mayor Stan Pickett. "Well, school is not 12 months out of the year so we started this campaign a few years ago."
He added that one 15-ounce jar of peanut butter can make 15 sandwiches, and with the $2,000 donation from AMBUCS that money will provide close to 15,000 sandwiches.
The Spread the Love campaign is a city project that encourages the donation of peanut butter and jelly as well as financial contributions, all of which helps feed children in food-insecure families during the summer. All donations are then distributed to Mesquite’s food pantries.
Donations will be accepted throughout the spring and summer months at several city facilities and special events. The campaign ends Aug. 17 at the free Back to School Bash at City Lake Aquatic Center.
For more information on The Spread the Love campaign, visit cityofmesquite.com/1759/Spread-the-Love, and to learn more about Mesquite AMBUCS and how this organization helps disabled veterans and children, visit mesquiteambucs.org.