St. Romain Oil collects jars of peanut butter and raise funds to feed Central Louisiana hungry

Photo courtesy St. Romain Oil Company

6,650 jars of peanut butter gathered and $12,780.00 raised

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:34pm

St. Romain Oil, a family-owned convenience store and wholesale fuels company, has collected 6,650 jars of peanut butter and $12,780 for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and the Ville Platte Care and Share Food Pantry as a part of their Corporate Works of Mercy program in an effort to refuel and refresh communities.

Since 2007, St. Romain Oil has been a proud sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association, raising over $100,000 to support research and awareness. In 2012, the company created the Corporate Works of Mercy Program and has developed a partnership with four additional organizations (Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Hope House, Faith House and Re-Entry Solutions) to focus on helping more people locally. The mission of the program is to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty, clothe and provide shelter to the homeless, care for the sick and dying. 

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s mission is simple: to alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana. To assist the Food Bank in this mission, St. Romain Oil held the Y-Not Peanut Butter Drive during the first weekend of April. The product was selected because of its richness in protein and fiber, it’s shelf stable, it doesn’t require special preparation or cooking and one jar can provide approximately 16 sandwiches to a hungry family.

With help from the community ($6,646), sponsors ($2,737), and employees ($1,565), when the peanut butter parade rolled into the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, the St. Romain Oil team unloaded 5,600 jars of peanut butter and $12,780.

The goal of Corporate Works of Mercy is to aid local people in the communities that the stores serve. Since Ville Platte does not fall under the service area of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, St. Romain Oil chose Ville Platte’s Christian Care and Share Center to distribute peanut butter to the hungry of their community. On Friday, April 25, representatives from St. Romain Oil delivered 1,050 jars of peanut butter to Care and Share. These 1,050 jars are a direct reflection of the donations made at the two Y-Not Stop locations in Ville Platte: Y-Not Stop Ville Platte and Y-Not Stop Barber Spur.

The 2014 Corporate Sponsors who are helping to make 2014 a successful year of giving are Imperial Trading Company, KVPI, C&S Canopy, Harvest Foods of Marksville, HLA Enterprises, Motiva/ Shell, KLIL and KZLG, Cajun Chemical, T-Towne, Community Coffee, Southwest Beverage, and GibKo Nursery. 

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