PB2: A Little Food Drive That Connects A Whole World

Not every food drive is about the quantity of products it offers. Sometimes, the community impact is just as substantial by offering just one: for example, peanut butter. That may be oddly specific, but that’s because I have a drive in mind: the Patrick Byrne Peanut Butter Global Nutrition drive (PB2).

Patrick Byrne passed away in 2010, and left behind a legacy of love for the community and peanut butter. PB2 asks students from several high schools to donate peanut butter to orphanages in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Items are donated online, delivered to the partner organization, Foundation for Peace, and then shipped abroad.

The movement may have started with Patrick’s love of peanut butter, but there are very practical reasons why peanut butter is used for international relief. Peanut Butter contains protein, sugar, fat and several vitamins and minerals; all needed for individuals suffering from severe malnutrition. In 2013 the National Post stated malnutrition was “ravaging” Haiti’s children; and the numbers of children affected were unfathomable.

The Byrne family and those who support the campaign may be helping up to 15% of all children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Yes, up to 15% of all children in these locations are currently living in orphanages. The impact is clearly substantial.

This year's drive will be led by teams in two New Jersey high schools: Morristown High School (Thomas Byrne and Brenden Rochelle) and Delbarton High School (Teddy Vermylen) as well as one in Massachusetts: East Longmeadow High School (Emily Rodgers).


Sandra   09.30.2014 18:33
Yes No Really heartwarming......love the song.....because you are My Friend!
 
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