NeighborImpact receives 6.8 tons of peanut butter from Robberson Ford through their recent peanut butter drive

The Crooked River Roundup Horse Races start this Wednesday, July 11 and run every night through Saturday, July 14 at the Crook County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 7:15 p.m. each night. Wednesday and Thursday night will have eight races and Friday and Saturday night there will be 10 races to place your bets on.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Grumpy's Grill, but it will be held at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, 185 NE 10th St. The event is on Friday, July 13 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

The Family Access Network (FAN) of Crook County received a generous donation of $1,000 from the Prineville Elks 1814 Lodge. This donation will be used to purchase basic needs items for children and families of Crook County.

Robberson Ford, in conjunction with Ford Focus on Child Hunger, held a Peanut Butter Drive at Newport Avenue Market in Bend and Erickson's Thriftway in Prineville during a campaign in May.

The peanut butter drive, which ran from May 1-15, supported the increased demand for this expensive staple during the summer months, when many children lose access to school nutrition programs.

Robberson Ford is proud to announce a huge success of the campaign as more than 6.8 tons of peanut butter was raised for NeighborImpact! The hand-off event of the peanut butter from Robberson Ford to NeighborImpact took place Friday, June 15 at Robberson Ford in Bend.

"We are extremely excited with the outcome," said Jeff Robberson, president of Robberson Ford. Robberson continued, "It just shows you how giving of a community that we have here in Central Oregon. Our partners and their customers at Newport Market and Ericksons Thriftway are an integral part to this success."

Newport Avenue Market and Ericksons Thriftway are excited for the peanut butter drive. Lauren G.R. Johnson, CEO of Newport Avenue Market, said, "Our number one commitment has always been to help provide food for those in need, including children, and to assist in strengthening our community. We were excited to be part of the Robberson Ford's Focus on Child Hunger Peanut Butter Drive."

John Amodeo, manager of Ericksons in Prineville, agreed. "Helping the kids and families of Crook County get a much-needed nutritious meal makes me smile. We are looking forward to getting more done next year."

This drive was part of a five-state Pacific Northwest region campaign by Ford dealers to support their community food banks and to make sure no child goes hungry over the summer.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian's general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian's business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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