OnMilwaukee strives to "Move Milwaukee Forward" every single day and we do this in many different ways through a confluence of technology, creativity and community. Sometimes we move forward with stories, other times it gets a little stickier. Literally.
Through a campaign we named "Peanut Butter & Jolly," OnMilwaukee set a goal to collect 999 jars of peanut butter during the holiday season for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Today, we learned that we not only made the goal, but we surpassed it, and had the joy of delivering 1,281 jars to the food-solution facility this afternoon.
That's 1,592 pounds of peanut butter!
"Peanut butter is gold. It's not only a protein but it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and kids can make it safely for themselves if their parents or caregivers are working or not providing supervision," says Patti Habeck, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Executive Director.
In late November, numerous bars, restaurants and even a dentist’s office agreed – or requested – to be a part of the drive. AJ Bombers, Fuel on 5th, Gold’s Gym, Hawthorne Coffee Roasters, The Peanut Butter & Jelly Deli, Dr. Mark Crego’s dental office, Tri-City National Bank, Pepper’s Pub and The Irish Cottage all contributed to the collection process.
Beans & Barley, redbar and Outpost Natural Foods also made kind contributions. And numerous families and individuals – including my heavy-lifter of a partner, Royal Brevvaxling – participated, as well, making the goal a reality.
Pepper’s Pub and Tri-City Bank collected the most jars of peanut butter during the drive, and a special shout-out goes to Gold’s Gym for making a generous donation at the end of the drive to push us way over the line.
Thus we thank everyone who contributed from one jar to multiple cases. We truly couldn’t have done it without you.
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.