Peanut Butter and Jelly :: One Student working to Feed Many

A Flyer from Operation Peanut Butter and Jelly

It is called "Operation Peanut Butter and Jelly

One young man in Boca Raton, Florida has taken it upon himself to start a charity to feed classmates and their families. This fourteen year old is making a difference in his own back yard.

Any of you who have read my hubs may have noticed that this is an effort after my own heart. I have said before, it starts with you! You can make a change in the world! All you have to do is start where you are. So for any nay sayers, may I present to you a youth about whom my fifteen year old son said: "He's gonna go far in his life."

Jesse Darrow has started his own website to take donations, the link is below. He does the shopping for his classmates, he has garnered a host of volunteers to aide him in his quest.

But I will let his interview on WPTV tell this story. That link will take you to the Channel 5 page and to the right you may view the interview. It is not on YouTube yet, although that should not surprise me as good news like this probably doesn't get many views.

I was sure to post a comment, and please do so also. When I found this page, although the news was days old, no one had made a single comment. This is why we don't hear good news as often as we should, would you report news that no one bothered to comment on?

On the web site Jesse is listed as co-founder, possibly because he is underage.


Something to be said about Teenagers

In this day and age it is refreshing to see a teenager take an interest in his community. Currently providing weekend meals for the entire families of students currently numbering in double digits, Jesse's goal is more than one school. If you have not watched the video you have missed out.

You see him smile as he describes his goal: (This copied from the article, linked above)

"Being a student of Boca high school I saw that the need was even greater. Lots of these kids had siblings that were on these programs and they gave up meals of their own to give to their family members. As opposed to giving enough food for the student we give double, and triple and quadruple meals so that every single person in their family can get breakfast, lunch and dinner for both days Saturday and Sunday," Darrow said.


Jesse is able to help students through fundraising. He also has a web site where people can make donations.

"Right now we are helping between, we've had short days of around five students in the beginning and we have had big days of a little bit more than 20, but it's projected to be more than 50 students. I think I am making a huge difference if we just helped one student but the fact that I am doing 10 or 20 or maybe even 50 or so is unbelievable to me," Darrow said.

Jesse is a boy making a difference one classmate at a time.

Notice Jesse mentions that his fellow classmates were giving up meals of their own to feed their siblings. Yes, the economy has gotten that bad. Does it take our children to point out the real problems plaguing our country?

Why has it become the responsibility of our children? They are our future! No matter what finger is pointed at them, the "Look how they dress" or "Listen to how they talk" fingers pointed at the youth of today, they are the future of this country, indeed of the world.

Jesse Darrow recognizes that fact and he is doing something about it. Please take the time to join his fight, either by donation , volunteering, or finding out how he started, and starting a chapter in your community.

Don't let this good news die in the back pages.

An E-Mail from Jesse Updating facts

I have copied this from an e-mail from Jesse to me.

I just found the article and I would like to thank you so much for everything you said about me and OPJ. It is funny how the youth sometimes do need to take the health of others into their own hands.

If you'd like to know, we are providing over 24,000 meals annually, for every 20 families that participate. I'm so happy so many people saw the interview and are getting as moved by it as I am every day of my life working with OPJ.

Thank you for your words, support, and love for OPJ. I hope to talk to you again soon,

Your friend,Jesse

P.S. I call myself the Co-Founder, because without the support of the community and people like you, OPJ would have never been possible. So I give credit where credit is due, and respectfully label myself as "Co-Founder" along with the community.

P.S.S. I am going to put your article on my website if it's alright with you, along side WPTV's article and interview which is already on there.
--
Jesse Darrow
OPJ Co-Founder & Freshman

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Faybe Bay, great hub and great young man. Blessing to both of you. creativeone59


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you, creativeone, from one Faye to another, always pleased to see you. Good news should never go unnoticed.


Brenda Durham 6 years ago

So cool! ---this hub AND the kid it's about!

You done so good, Faybe Bay. Thanks for the article and the video and the link. haha the line in the song where peanut butter says to jelly---

"so glad I discovered you in the cupboard" was funny too.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Brenda, I am so glad you liked it, I am a little teary-eyed. Silly of me, I know but you ladies, both of you, I hold in high regard and respect your opinions.


Jesse Darrow 6 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this article. This really made my day.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Jesse, you deserve it.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Great hub Faybe. I have a stack of kids around me, one adopted.

I love stories about kids succeeding in the big things in life.

I like to believe that all my children give back pretty well, and the younger generation are exceptional.

This young man is doing a lot, thank you for bringing it to my attention.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Earnestshub, for reading. I was sure you'd like him, though. I was afraid I'd missed you in the forum. Gotta go find a way to promote him.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

What an amazing kid and idea. Loved the little pbj video. Great works.


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mod2vint 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Very refreshing to see and hear something good about today's youth. Keep up the great work!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you both, Ladyjane, and mod2vint. I have read your latest articles and was so moved by your writing. This kid is so special! I hope we can pass this around enough that he sees his dream of two schools or even better nationwide chapters of Operation Peanut Butter and Jelly.


sophs 6 years ago

Oohhhhhhh this is soooo sweet, I nearly cried, what a lovely boy! I'm so moved, it's so nice to hear things like that about the youth of today. Thanks for another great hub Faybe, great work :) :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Sophs, my own son is looking up to him! A note to all Jesse's comment above also leads you to his web site.


sophs 6 years ago

I shall go have a look now :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Good night Sophs, see ya later. He is such a grateful boy/man as my Uncle would call him. He even added my link on his page. On the donations page he says $4.00 feeds a family of four for the weekend, amazing.


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada

What a wonderful hub and a wonderful cause.

Its so nice to see good news about our teens instead of all the negative rap they are always getting.

I have your hub listed on my blog now and I hope that helps to bring some response to such a great cause.

Cheers

Dale


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks so much Dale. Jesse is a really great kid, and yes it is important to me to keep this message out there. People need to hear good news, it is inspiring. Thanks again!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am all for good news!!! Let's celebrate that and spread the word around. Woohoo! Thank you for such an inspiring hub. One that makes us want to go and do something nice too or even take up a cause. And to Jesse, keep on sharing your light. Blessings to you.

Did you know that you are a Hubnugget Wannabe? Your good news for the day! Definitely. Check it out: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/High-Stakes-H... Vote and promote...:)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Ripplemaker, I had just found out and e-mailed Jesse right away! He is such a great kid, and I know he will be so excited too.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oh you did? That's wonderful. Hi Jesse...waving to Jesse. :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Faybe Bay - A truly inspiring story. I love it when we learn from the mouths of babes and the younger generations. Children teach us so many things.

I wish our country would do more to recognize children and adults who go above and beyond to make their communities a far better place. They all deserve a medal.

Congratulations! on being nominated for a HubNugget.

Sage


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Sage, That's why I had to write this! great kid, great plan, and it's working! I bet if we all went out and found one special person like this (and wrote about) it the good news would suddenly outweigh the bad

Re: Hubnugget-Thank you Sage, it is exciting and I never expected it!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I heard this story on TV and I'm so glad you wrote about this boy who deserves recognition. It is heartwarming to hear stories of young people doing something positive instead of the usual crime new. Great hub.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Pamela, I thought so too. I am sure there is plenty of good news out there if we look for it.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Well done! You are absolutely right, the only way to help change the world is from yourself. This young man is a mentor for everyone - young and old alike. Thanks for bringing him to our attention x


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Shazwellyn, thank you. I am glad you agree that we each can do something. I am sure that someone must have tried to stop Jesse, perhaps told him there was nothing he could do. He did something anyway.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub and wonderful story! That young man is bound to have a successful future, it is good to see that some of our young people has empathy for others. I can see why it was chosen for the nomination! Congrats on being selected as a Hubnuggets Wannabe and good luck to ya! :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Money Glitch, Jesse is an amazing young man. I think we all have something to learn from him.


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rocknrodeogirl 6 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

What a refreshing story!! I love hearing about "the good" in the world...Thanks for the hub, and congrats on your hubnugget nomination! Good luck! ;)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you, rocknrodeogirl! I am on a mission to bring in the good news.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

It is so heartwarming and encouraging to see people helping each other, and especially young people taking initiative. Go OPJ!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

"You're so sweet and I'm so chunky" what a charming hub and what an exceptional resolve from someone so young. So much compassion mixed with respect and humility is a winning and "winsome" combination. Bravo Jesse and thank you Faybe for bringing this to hubpages!


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

This just goes to show that age has got nothing to do with how people feel and think. There are so many negative things said about young people but I have found that most of the things said are untrue.

Philanthropists are born, not made. This boy has a successful future ahead of him because he has started off working so hard.

Success is not always about making money but using your life to the full.

An excellent hub.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Katrina, Winsome, and Hummingbird, Thank you all for stopping by, reading and listening to the song. Jesse is great, and imagine the light he has brought to this situation. He is an example of what all of us can do, be, if we try something that hasn't been tried before.


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renoelle 6 years ago from Second star on the right, straight on 'til morning

This is such a great story - you certainly deserved to win with this one. What a great kid. Thanks so much for bringing his great work to our attention!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you, renoelle. I love bringing happy stories, good things deserve a lot of attention.


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Jule Romans 6 years ago from United States

Wow. What a great story. I am sorry it took me so long to come by and read one of your hubs.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Jule, I am glad you stopped by. I hope to spotlight more people who are making a difference in their own community. I believe we can change the world, one person at a time!


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cupid51 6 years ago from INDIA

Thanks Faybe Bay for making a hub on such a bright young boy! May God bless him. Hopefully it would encourage others to make similar noble effort.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you so much Cupid51! That was my original purpose here, trying to find and highlight people who are making a difference in their own back yard. Of course we all get sidetracked on occasion. I must get back to my first love, which is finding the good in the individual. Much the reason I like your hubs so much!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

I was doing some work on the Koffee Klatch and checked out your links. Amazing story my dear, glad you put the links on the site - however, you can post a link under the link tab and put a picture of Jesse's website, and post a full link (http://pbjwhateveritis.com) if you like. That way he will get more exposure :D


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Enelle, I will get to that! I need to contact Jesse and follow up, find out what he's doing with his summer!

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