Company donates thousands of peanut butter jars to Milwaukee pantry

CREATED Jan 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 15, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - After seeing our story on tmj4.com, a major producer of peanut butter is helping out one of Milwaukee's largest food pantries.

Con-Agra Foods is donating 60,000 jars of peanut butter to the Hunger Task Force.

Last week, the organization told TODAY'S TMJ4 that it had a desperate need for peanut butter.  The pantry said it was short by about 100,000 jars.

An employee with Con-Agra saw our report, told the company about it and convinced the company to make the donation.

Sherrie Tussler of the Hunger Task Force says a typical truckload of peanut butter should cost about $30,000. Right now, it's $50,000.

A recent peanut butter recall, a large plant closing, and a blight of the peanut crop has all led to the high cost of peanut butter..

It's a convenient donation because it's easy to prepare, easy to eat, and doesn't spoil quickly. But unless the supply goes up, nothing will be easy about it.

Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force: "People standing on the street corner with a sign saying they'll work for food, little kids pulling at you and asking for a quarter -- that's what hunger looks like."

Peanut butter is just a part of it. The Hunger Task Force also needs milk, cereal, and vegetables.

Click here for ways to donate peanut butter and other items to the Hunger Task Force.