John Williams' Peanut Butter and Jolly Drive!

After hearing food banks were experiencing a shortage on one of their most important staples, peanut butter, we got a nutty idea. So, we spread the word and started a one day peanut butter drive. In a Jif, we had 18 listeners offer their businesses as donation locations throughout the Chicagoland area. The next day, our wonderful listeners Skippy-ed on over to a collection site and donated. Everything went smoothly. Because of you we collected... 4,500 jars of peanut butter! We also received a $1,000 donation!

We are thrilled, humbled, ecstatic. YOU did this. YOU made this happen. Thank you. Oh, and Merry "ChrithMith!"

--John Williams and Producer Beth

Name of Business: Pear Tree Catering
Drop off hours: 9am-5pm
Address: 950 Woodlands Parkway in Vernon Hills

Name of business: Tix4cause
Drop off hours: 9am-5pm
Address: 1700 N Park Street, Suite 104, in Naperville

Name of business: Township / Health District
Drop off hours: 9am-4:30pm
Address: 6600 W 26th St in Berwyn

Name of business: Crestwood Florist
Drop off hours: 8:30am-6pm
Address: 5561 W 127th Street in Crestwood

Name of business: Bunte Auction Services
Drop off hours: 9am-5pm
Address: 755 Church Road in Elgin

Name of Business: Christ United Methodist Church of Elmhurst
Drop off Hours: now through Thursday at midnight
Address: 920 Swain Avenue in Elmhurst

Name of business: Champion Pizza
Drop off hours: 7:30am-4pm
Address: 9910 Main St in Hebron

Name of business: Citizens First National Bank
Drop off hours: 8:30am-6pm
Address: 500 Bob Blair Rd (along Ridge Rd) in Minooka

Name of business: Johnny D Tees
Drop off hours: 9am-5pm
Address: 49 E Grand Ave in Lake Villa

Name of business: WGN Radio
Drop off hours: now through Friday at 2pm
Address: 435 N Michigan Avenue in the Tribune Tower lobby

Name of business: The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness center
Drop off hours: 11am-8pm
Address: 121 S Wilke, Suite 500, in Arlington Heights

Name of business: Martinelli's Childrens Wear and School Uniforms
Drop off hours:11am-7pm
Address: 3517 W 95th Street in Evergreen Park

Name of business: ProLite Glass & Glazing
Drop off hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm
206 S Main Street in Algonquin

Name of business: Wired On Bank Lane
Drop off hours: 9am-5pm
Address: 636 N Bank Lane, Lake Forrest

Name of business: Team Blonde
Drop off hours:11am-7pm
Address: 7442 W Madison in Forest Park

Name of business: Hellman Frame Shop
Drop off hours: 11am - 6:30pm
Address: 2152 N. Bissell in Chicago

Name of business: Central Dupage Foot and Ankle
Drop off hours: 9am-7pm
Address: 1N141 County Farm Road, Suite 100, in Winfield

Name of business: Kirschbaum Bakery
Drop off hours: 6am-6pm
Address: 825 Burlington Avenue in Western Springs

Name of business: Lou Manfredini's Edgebrook Ace Hardware
Drop off hours: 11am-8pm
Address: 5423 W Devon Ave in Chicago's Edgebrook neighborhood

On Friday, December 2, the donations will be delivered to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to be distributed among their member food pantries. The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 69 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 145,000 meals every day. The Food Depository's programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto or call 773-247-FOOD.

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