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St. Mary's Food Bank in need of peanut butter

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PHOENIX -

As we head into the busy holiday season, valley food banks are having a tough time keeping up with demand.

There are more people asking for food boxes than there are people donating to the charities. People in need line up once a month for an emergency food box.

"It's very important if you don't have the money to eat," says Ed Plucinski, who takes advantage of the monthly food box.

St. Mary's Food Bank has never turned anyone away because they didn't have enough food, but one look at the warehouse and you'll see many empty shelves. Donations are definitely down.

"There may be some folks who have been able to help in the past that can't help now. Definitely seen that drop," says Jerry Brown of St. Mary's Food Bank.

There is less food in the boxes and an important staple is gone.

Peanut butter is the most important item in a food box. It's filled with protein and it's easy to keep, but St. Mary's is tossing it away.

Certain peanut butter labels have been recalled because of salmonella.

"We just want to make sure at this point. We have everything off the shelf until we are given the all clear."

St. Mary's had to throw out 12,000 cases of the popular food.

"I'm not happy about it, you know I love peanut butter. I like to make sandwiches, they are cheap. I like to put jelly on it," says Plucinski.

A jar of peanut butter can go a long way for a hungry family.

St. Mary's Food Bank is hoping we can help. Peanut butter now on store shelves is safe, and St. Mary's wants shoppers to pick up an extra jar to donate.

Donations can be delivered to all Goodwill locations or these St. Mary's locations:

Phoenix
2831 N. 31st Avenue

Surprise
13050 W. Elm Street

Flagstaff
1801 W. Route 66

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