Peanut Butter Drive Connects Delbarton, Ridgewood, Morristown and Rumson-Fair Haven High Schools

Posted February 19, 2013

This week the Delbarton community is asked to donate peanut butter to the Patrick Byrne Peanut Butter Global Nutrition Drive (PB2). PB2 was established in 2011 to honor Ridgewood resident Patrick Byrne who passed away in 2011 and "had a big heart and a love of peanut butter". Read more here.

The Drive focuses on collecting peanut butter, a nutritious, easy to ship food to send to children who do not have access to three meals a day. Since 2011, Ridgewood resident James Vermylen ’14 has sponsored peanut butter drives at Delbarton while his friend Colby, Patrick’s younger brother, held drives at Ridgewood High School.

“Patrick always loved peanut butter so we thought this was a great way to do a fundraiser that brings him into it and makes it personal,” says Colby. “Then we discovered that fortified peanut is one of the most valuable therapeutic foods for severely malnourished children worldwide. It has nutritional value, including protein, and it is inexpensive, easily transported and non-perishable.” Colby’s cousins Tommy Byrne and Lloyd Brown are also hosting drives at their schools, Morristown High School and Rumson-Fair Haven High School, so PB2 joins all four schools together in a common cause.

Once collected, the peanut butter is shipped by The Foundation for Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the impoverished children in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Kenya. The boys also created a webpage at to facilitate online donations. This year’s goal is to collect/purchase 1000 jars of peanut butter. The Delbarton community is invited to drop off donations of peanut butter in Trinity Lobby from February 19 through Friday, February 22 and to donate online here until March 10. On March 15th the peanut butter will be shipped in a Foundation for Peace container to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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