By Whitney Clark/KTVL.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A local auto shop is wiping out hunger -- one jar of peanut butter at a time.
At Kelly's Automotive Service you can get your windshield wipers replaced for free if you bring in a jar of peanut butter to donate to nearby food banks.
"I actually was looking at an online calendar and saw that January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day," said co-owner Lisa McClease-Kelly. "I thought we should do something fun around it, and since I'm a former board member I know peanut butter is a huge need for the food banks."
Peanut butter is always one of the most wanted foods at non-profits, like ACCESS Inc.
"It's kid friendly food for one, and it's high in protein for another," said nutrition director Philip Yates. "So we want to give kids a lot of nutritional value especially as they are growing up."
The jars from Kelly's will be donated to ACCESS and the Josephine County Food Bank. After the holidays, Grants Pass food bank says its donations decrease by about 50-percent. However, families still need to eat.
"Hunger doesn't take a vacation," said Susan Scheufele, the program manager for the Josephine County Food Bank. "Hunger is not seasonal."
Scheufele says the non-profit handed out more than 2 million pounds of food last year, and the need for help is always increasing.
"Since 2006 our value has doubled in terms of number of people getting help," Scheufele said.
In four days Kelly's has collected more than 30 jars of peanut butter. Yates and Scheufele they would not be able to feed local families if it wasn't for help from the community.
"I love it when people come up with these innovative ideas," Yates said.
"They save us," Scheufele said. "They save us."
McClease-Kelly said they will continue the Wipe-Out Hunger event for the month of January. The jars of peanut butter must be 16 ounces or more, and the windshield wiper replacements can be $35 or less.
The wiper blades are donations courtesy of local NAPA Auto Parts stores.Kelly's Automotive Service
has two locations in Grants Pass and Medford.