Joe Paterno may be gone but his ice cream flavor lives on and is helping people in the community.
Penn State announced last summer that 2012-2013 sales of the ice cream flavor Peachy Paterno will be donated to a charity that works with the issue of child sexual abuse. The Creamery closed its books for the fiscal year on June 30 and calculated it will donate about $4,000, which was the profit earned on half-gallon purchases of Peachy Paterno, to charity.
Berkey Creamery manager Thomas Palchak, Class of 1980, estimates about 12,000 half-gallons, priced at $5.75 apiece, of Peachy Paterno were sold between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. $4,000 is the profit the Creamery would have generated — calculated by subtracting the cost of labor, packaging, cleaning supplies, and ingredients from the revenue total.
Penn State spokeswoman Jill Shockey said the money will be given to United Way, although a date has not been set. She said the university will request that the funds be allocated to youth groups for child protection purposes.
“We hope this donation provides resources and materials for youth protection and training. Adult volunteers in youth programs such as scouting and (Future Farmers of America) can be positive mentors in the lives of young people,” Palchak said. “Training programs are essential to build trust with youth and to spot potential risks to their safety. Youth protection training must be accompanied by two-deep leadership on any approved activity or camping experience.”
Palchak said future profit from Peachy Paterno sales will not be donated to charity.
Although there was some backlash from zealots when the Creamery announced the flavor would continue, Peachy Paterno remains one of the most popular ice cream flavors there. In fact, Palchak said the Creamery can barely keep the flavor on shelves due to the high demand.
The university reasoned that it would be appropriate to keep Peachy Paterno on the Creamery menu because the flavor was dedicated during a student competition to honor the head football coach’s academic contributions. The always PC Penn State has said the ice cream flavor was not connected to Paterno’s achievements on the football sidelines.