For five years, The PB &J Fund has been providing meal bags to Charlottesville City Schools for the extended holiday break. It started as many of our programs did- from a small conversation about a big need. Then it expanded to a few more schools and a few more hands, then finally to all lower elementaries in Charlottesville City Schools and a few other friends we’ve met along the way.
This past weekend we had 101 volunteers fill 3 trucks with 486 bags of healthful meals to make the holiday season a little less stressful for families on the Free and Reduced Lunch program in Charlottesville City Schools, Ready Kids Parenting Mobile and CHiP Parenteen program. Hand made spice packets for 3 complete recipes- roasted potatoes, veggie jambalaya and sweet and salty popcorn were made by our friends at Virginia Institute of Autism, Cale Elementary, Buford Middle and a local Girls Scout troop.
We are SO GRATEFUL to these groups as well as The Boys and Girls Club Cherry Avenue for offering their gym, The Local Food Hub, Relay Foods and Kroger for their help in making this weekend run so smoothly. Not to mention our amazing volunteers!!
A massive shout out to Alicia Cost and Courtenay Evans for being the best team mates imaginable– taking a considerable amount of care to plan and execute the perfect bag (468 times) while at the same time managing to maintain their normal Creative Cooking program excellence. As well as our outreach Chefs (pictured below) who helped us make lunch for all of our fantastic volunteers at our Kitchen after the event.
Here are some photos from the day.