Autistic teen wins lifetime supply of peanut butter, donates to federal workers

An autistic teen from Virginia won a lifetime supply of peanut butter — and is giving away most of it to furloughed federal workers.

Eric McKay, 15, of Woodbridge, eats peanut butter and jelly slathered on two English muffins for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day — and goes through a jar every three days, his mom, Tracy McKay, told the Washington Post.

His mother bought 72 jars of peanut butter from the grocery store chain Lidl last February at the grand opening of their local store — but he was on his last jar by October, he tweeted.

Eric, who goes by Philosopher Bean on Twitter, posted a plea to the chain on Oct. 15, asking when they’d have another peanut butter sale.

They responded with a challenge.

“We’ve got 72 jars on the way!” the company wrote back. “Are you willing to up the ante?! If you get 72,000 RTs we’ll give you a lifetime supply of peanut butter. Do you accept our challenge?”

The teen did that — and more.

Bolstered by retweets from British author Neil Gaiman and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, he racked up about 76,000 retweets.

Meanwhile, his father was furloughed during the ongoing government shutdown, amid an impasse between President Trump and Democrats over funding for the border wall.

Since then, the family has been getting by “on a shoestring,” Tracy McKay told the outlet.

So it was a natural choice for Eric to give away his favorite spread to others in the same situation.

“[He said,] my dad is stuck at home,” his mom said. “We don’t have any income, but we do have peanut butter, so we should share it.”

Eric and his family gathered at the Lidl store in Dumfries on Wednesday to distribute the jars to others who are unable to work during the longest government shutdown in US history, according to the report.

He’ll be back at it again on Saturday.

After his first giveaway, Eric got in the car with his mother and said, “Mom, that just felt so good,” the outlet reported.

Eric’s preference for a particular food isn’t uncommon for people with autism, who can be sensitive to tastes, textures and sounds and often narrow their diets to foods that they feel most comfortable with, his mother explained.

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