Hylton High School student’s social “nutworking” brings attention to autism awareness
Posted on 01/24/2019
Bean McKay with his sister and brother donating peanut butter to furloughed workers

Remember Bean, our tie-dye wearing Hylton student?  He continues to inspire, this time bringing attention to autism.  Lidl has released a limited edition peanut butter with a tie-dye label in honor of Bean and others with autism.   

Passionate about peanut butter, Hylton High School student Eric “Bean” McKay, took to Twitter to let Lidl Grocery Store know just how much he enjoys their brand of peanut butter in particular. Bean, who is autistic and has texture sensitivities, eats peanut butter three times a day.

Lidl was so impressed with Bean’s peanut butter consumption, 72 jars over a span of eight months, that the chain gifted him a replacement supply of 72 jars. They also challenged Bean to get 72,000 retweets in exchange for a lifetime supply of the Peanut Butter he loves.

With the help of a few celebrity tweeters, Bean met the challenge and Lidl delivered on their promise — inviting Bean to tour their warehouse in Fredericksburg and claim the first batch of his lifetime supply prize.

Bean, whose dad is a federal government worker currently on furlough during the shutdown, was inspired to turn his lifetime supply of peanut butter into a recipe for giving back. Working with the Lidl store in Dumfries, Bean put in place a deal to help furloughed workers: Any employee who is not receiving pay due to the government shutdown can come in to the Dumfries Lidl and get three free jars of peanut butter. That’s “spreading” the love!

Bean’s mother, Tracy McKay, is grateful to the thousands of people who supported her son in reaching his goal and thankful for teachers who Bean has had as a PWCS student.

“I want to thank Chevonne King who was Bean’s special education teacher at Saunders Middle School for three years,” shared McKay. “She played a huge part in helping Bean grow into the young man he is today, and we love her.”

Bean’s generosity makes us #PWCSProud.