PBJ continued

An update to my What I am Worth entry. Evidently today is a PBJ day around campus. Check out the article below from The Lantern OSU’s Student Newspaper.

Aid between two slices of bread, please
By Matt Drummond
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2004

Around campus today, students will be given the opportunity to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and help the Columbus-area homeless at the same time.

The 10th-annual PB & Jam event is put on by the Starfish Social Action Team on campus.

The Starfish Team is a student group in charge of all community service done through Hillel, said Melanie Wolkoff, a sophomore in pre-business administration and student tri-chair for PB & Jam.

The Starfish team signed up many student organizations on campus to assist in the project aimed to fight hunger for National Hunger Awareness week.

“We have about 25 to 30 student organizations set up at tables around campus, and they encourage students to stop and make sandwiches on their way to class,” Wolkoff said.

The approximate 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made today, will be distributed to food shelters in the Columbus area. The number of sandwiches collected is actually down from the 4,000 sandwiches donated last year, Wolkoff said.

“One shelter closed down, unfortunately, which put us back about 500 sandwiches, and another only requested a third of what they requested last year,” Wolkoff said.

PB & Jam event was started ten years ago to coincide with National Hunger and Homeless week, said Jenny Schack, a junior majoring in human and family services and tri-chair for PB & Jam.

“There are different events around campus that try to raise awareness and combat hunger and homelessness,” Schack said.

Wolkoff said the Starfish team does weekly, monthly and quarterly service projects.

“Starfish’s main goal is to make the community around us a better place,” said Ben Scherr, program associate for Hillel and overseer of the event. “In this case, it’s promoting awareness of the hunger and homelessness issue in Columbus.”

Schack said the event allows students the chance to help out and make a difference in the area.

“I think it is a really great opportunity to bring the whole campus together helping the community,” Schack said.

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