NEWARK, Del. -- Members of the University of Delaware women's rowing team are working with the Delaware Food Bank this spring to collect peanut butter and jelly for needy families in the area.

As a follow up to the team's community service project with the Delaware Food Bank, members of the squad decided to engage the entire athletic department in an effort to collect as much peanut butter and jelly as possible.

University of Delaware students, employees, and Blue Hen fans are asked to place their donations in the designated boxes that have been placed in the lobbies of the Delaware Field House, the Bob Carpenter Center, and the Carpenter Sports Building on the UD campus. Any food item that is nonperishable will also be accepted.

"It feels really good to give something back to the community," said Delaware head coach Laura Slice. "After a recent visit to the Delaware Food Bank, the team approached me about doing a food drive, specifically for peanut butter jelly . It is a great idea and our hope is that the entire department and the University will rally behind our efforts to make this food drive a success."

Back in January, the UD women's rowing program volunteered at the Newark Branch of the Delaware Food Bank, sorting, packing, weighing, and stacking food for distribution. The group also assisted in weekly preparations for after-school and backpack programs. Over 30,000 pounds of food were sorted in the first two hours alone.

"It was really nice to know that our efforts are helping the community and people in need," said Delaware junior Valerie Glace from Elkton, Md.

"This was our first time volunteering at the Delaware Food Bank," said Slice. "As I walked away, I knew we had truly given back to Delawareans and it felt amazingly good."