OGDEN -- An old can of peanut butter discovered at Catholic Community Services just might be worth something to the world of collectors.
During the Boy Scout food drive in March, a can of Peter Pan Peanut Butter made by Derby was found among the donations, said Catholic Community Services Director Marcie Valdez.
"I just think the whole thing is interesting, starting with why someone put it in the bag to donate in the first place," Valdez said.
"I don't know that we are specifically looking to sell it, but we would entertain offers if we could get an estimate on what it might be worth."
Peter Pan Peanut Butter was introduced by Derby Foods in 1920, according to Wikipedia. The can is opened with a key that is detached from the base. That style of can was discontinued during World War II because of metal shortages.
The can found at Catholic Community Services is in perfect condition, Valdez said.
The discovery of the can comes at just the right moment, as the Alliance for Unity Food Drive is beginning, she said.
"The Alliance for Unity is a statewide food drive coordinated by interfaith groups and the Utah Food Bank," she said.
"September is Hunger Action Month, which makes it a great time for a food drive, in addition to the fact that food pantries tend to be very low at this time of year."
For the second year, Valdez said, Walmart stores will be partnering with the drive and will serve as dropoff points for donations.
"The biggest interfaith partner is the LDS Church. They typically read the letter to donate over the pulpit the Sunday before the drive, which will be held Sept. 24," she said.
"We are also hoping to put something out to the Catholic parishes about the donation drive."
Nonperishable foods can also be put in a bag outside your front door on the day of the drive so it can be picked up by local church members.
Statistics show that 15.1 percent of Utahns are at risk of hunger and that one in seven Utah children might miss a meal today because of a lack of resources, Valdez said.
Food pantries statewide are reporting that food assistance requests have increased as much as 35 percent over the past year.
High-protein and nutritious items, such as canned meats, peanut butter and canned vegetables and fruit, are especially needed.
Donations are also accepted at www.UtahFoodBank.org, where the Utah Food Bank can turn each donated dollar into $7 worth of food and services.
The drive will support CCS, the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership and the Salvation Army.
To inquire about the peanut butter, call Catholic Community Services at 801-394-5944.