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Mesquite, TX – July 19, 2021 – The City of Mesquite’s Public Works Department recently made a generous donation of peanut butter and jelly to Sharing Life Community Outreach as a part of the city’s Spread the Love campaign. Teresa Jackson, CEO of Sharing Life, said “The donations of peanut butter and jelly we receive are a critical source of nutritious food for our summer child hunger alleviation program. We are deeply grateful for the city helping us feed children in the community.” The city has donation bins located at its facilities and financial contributions can be made online at www.cityofmesquite.com/SpreadTheLove.
Curt Cassidy, Director of Public Works, said, “Our staff rallied around this cause. I am so proud of all the employees from each of our divisions that gave and filled up our donation bin.” The Public Works Department includes Engineering, Solid Waste, Streets, Traffic Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Equipment Services, and Utilities
The Spread the Love is an annual campaign held April - August that encourages the donation of peanut butter and jelly as well as financial contributions to help feed children in Mesquite during the summer who live in food insecure environments. These children receive free or reduced lunch during the school year but need assistance to nutritious lunch during the summer break.
Jackson said, “We are thrilled to be the recipient of the City of Mesquite’s Spread the Love campaign. Each one-pound jar of peanut butter averages 15 sandwiches. Most children love peanut butter and jelly and can easily prepare a sandwich without supervision.”
All donations are provided to Sharing Life Community Outreach, to redistribute within the Mesquite community.