Prosper Mayor Ray Smith recently joined other Collin County mayors to promote the North Texas Food Bank’s upcoming sixth annual Peanut Butter Drive to help end hunger in North Texas.

With more 44,000 food insecure children in Collin County alone, hunger can be a hidden issue in any community. Collin County cities help to raise awareness surrounding the issue of food insecurity for children, families and seniors in hopes others will get involved in the fight against hunger.

For the entire month of September, NTFB will be collecting regular-sized, plastic jars of peanut butter to help feed hungry children and their families. Local companies or organizations can register to host their own drives, or can collect jars and drop them off at one of the public drop-off sites throughout Collin County. NTFB’s goal this year is to collect 100,000 pounds of peanut butter.

“This is the time of year where our community comes together to spread hope with their generosity and care,” Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said on the NTFB website. “We look forward to everyone in Collin County donating peanut butter to their fellow neighbor.”

Public drop-off sites include North Texas Food Bank’s Perot Family Campus at 3677 Mapleshade Ln. in Plano; Carpenter Park Recreation Center at 6701 Coit Rd. in Plano; Haggard Library at 2501 Coit Rd. in Plano; Plano Municipal Center at 1520 K Ave. in Plano and The Shops at Willow Bend (Lower-Level Court) at 6121 W. Park Blvd. in Plano.

“We appreciate your passionate efforts in helping us raise awareness about childhood hunger by coming together as a community,” NTFB says on its website. “If you’re interested in getting involved, please review our handbook to learn about hosting a drive.”