A teen with autism went viral for winning a lifetime of peanut butter last year, and now he’s giving it away to furloughed workers

Courtesy of LidlEric McKay hands out peanut butter at a Lidl in Dumfries, Virginia.
  • Eric McKay, who lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, handed out peanut butter to furloughed workers in Dumfries, Virginia, on Thursday.
  • McKay, a 15-year-old with autism, had won a lifetime supply of peanut butter from Lidl, after the grocery chain presented him with a challenge last year.
  • He had voiced his love of the store brand peanut butter on Twitter, and Lidl said it would give him a lifetime supply if he hit 72,000 retweets.

A 15-year-old boy with autism who won a lifetime supply of peanut butter in a viral challenge is now giving some of the jars to furloughed workers during the partial government shutdown.

Eric McKay, who lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, won the peanut butter after the grocery store Lidl challenged him to get 72,000 retweets when he voiced his love of the spread on Twitter.

Instead of keeping all of the peanut butter to himself, he’s sharing it with federal workers who have been working without pay during the government shutdown.

Eric, whose father is a furloughed federal worker, travelled to a Lidl in Dumfries, Virginia, to hand out peanut butter on Wednesday.

He, his parents, and Lidl staff donated up to three jars of Lidl brand peanut butter to each furloughed worker who showed a valid government ID.

Despite voicing his love of peanut butter last year, Eric didn’t win the viral challenge until January.

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He first tweeted to Lidl in February 2018, with a picture of himself and 72 jars of peanut butter his mother had bought at the grocery store in February.

“My name is Bean. I eat peanut butter and jelly English muffins for three meals a day,” Eric said in the tweet, adding that his mother had bought the 72 jars on sale.

By October, he was on the last jar, and asked Lidl to have another peanut butter sale.

Lidl sent Eric and his family 72 more jars of peanut butter, according to the Washington Post, and told him that if he got 72,000 retweets, he would get a lifetime supply.

Celebrities like Neil Gaiman tweeted their support:

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In January he hit the goal, and by Thursday he had more 76,000 retweets.

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