Happy PB&J Day—Here’s How Peanut Butter Can Help Solve Hunger

Donate jars of the all-American staple for a chance to win a $7,500 scholarship from DoSomething.org.

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Kristina Bravo is a Los Angeles–based writer. She is an Assistant Editor at TakePart.

Peanut butter has spurred many great debates: chunky or smooth? Jif, Skippy, or strictly organic? And more recently, to throw away or not to throw away?

PB may divide fans, but DoSomething.org has found a way to turn their enthusiasm into a great cause. With the Peanut Butter & Jam Slam 2014, the organization puts an unusual spin on food drives by asking students to collect jars of the pantry staple.

According to Feeding America, one in six Americans faces hunger every day, including one in five children. As most food drives take place during the holidays, charity organizations especially need donations in spring and summer.

“Young people should get involved and run a peanut butter drive at their school to help their local food bank,” says DoSomething.org’s Colleen Wormsley. “Plus, it’s a fun, easy way to give back before the school year is over.”

Why peanut butter?

It’s often requested at food banks because it’s high in protein and has a long shelf life. “And it’s delicious,” Wormsley says. “The real question is, Are you Team Crunchy or Team Smooth?”

If you’re 26 or under, you can participate in the country’s largest peanut butter drive. Just sign up, collect the peanut butter, snap a photo to submit to DoSomething.org, and deliver the donations to the nearest food bank by May 15. In the end, report back to the organization with how much food you donated and whether you’re Team Crunch or Team Smooth. Every 10 jars collected count as one entry to win a $7,500 scholarship. Check out the official rules here

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