Peanut Butter Drive at Safeco Field June 5

Ford Focus on Child HungerFans coming to Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays are encouraged to bring unopened jars of peanut butter to Safeco Field to benefit Northwest Harvest.

The Mariners are joining with Ford, the official cars and trucks of the Seattle Mariners, to fight child hunger.

During the summer, many kids lose access to nutritious meals through their school nutrition programs. Food banks have to pick up the slack, and for many, peanut butter is a nutrient dense, kid-friendly option.

The problem is that peanut butter is a relatively expensive item for food banks, like Northwest Harvest, to buy. Food drives can help ensure that fewer kids will go hungry in Washington state this summer.

There will be two collection sites at the ballpark on Friday – the Ford display on the plaza next to the parking garage, and at the Ford vehicle display near Section 143 on the Main Concourse.

Fans can also give cash, and donations are being accepted online at

This drive is part of a five-state campaign in the Pacific Northwest by Ford dealers to support their community food banks and to make sure no child goes hungry this summer. Started in 2013, the Ford Focus on Child Hunger has provided more than one million meals and snacks to hungry kids in the Pacific Northwest.

Northwest Harvest is Washington’s only statewide non-profit hunger relief agency. It serves a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs and services to high-need schools. Through the network, it is able to provide more than two million meals each month.

On July 25, the Mariners and 97.3 KIRO FM will host our annual Fight Hunger Day. It’s another opportunity to support Northwest Harvest and the good work they do every day.

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