At SVMC, 2,113 reasons to be proud

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BENNINGTON — Staff members of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care met with Caprice Hover of the United Way of Rutland County in the lobby at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center recently to accept the plaque for Bennington County's top business participant in this year's United Way Peanut Butter & Jam Slam.

Traditionally, food pantries experience a slowdown in donations after Thanksgiving and through the spring. This event looks to bolster supplies during a lean time of year by encouraging local businesses and civic organizations to collect jars of peanut butter and jelly to donate to food pantries.

More than 20 groups from all over the county participated in this year's effort. Thirty departments of Southwestern Vermont Health Care collected a combined total of 2,113 jars, taking the top prize. Arlington Lions Club placed second with more than 500 jars collected. A total of 4,757 jars were collected by all participants combined. Hover suspects the donations fed many children during the recent school vacation.

"We'd like to express heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated," Hover said. "We can't do it without you."

The United Way of Rutland County aims to keep local funds and resources in Bennington to support the needs of Bennington. Contact United Way of Rutland County at 802-773-7477 or caprice@uwrutlandcounty.org

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