RIT Students Help Feed Rochester’s Needy With Annual PB Jam March 14

Volunteers hope to prepare and deliver more than 2,000 sandwiches

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A. Sue Weisler

RIT’s annual PB Jam donates peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to Rochester’s needy.

The paper hats and plastic knives may not be high tech, but student, faculty and staff volunteers from Rochester Institute of Technology will be working like machines to provide more than 2,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need.

The annual PB Jam, co-sponsored by RIT’s Center for Religious Life, will be held 10 a.m.–4 p.m. March 14 in RIT’s Student Alumni Union. Organizers hope volunteers can successfully assemble thousands of sandwiches in the 6-hour time frame and deliver them to Rochester-area organizations such as Open Door Mission, Freddie Thomas Foundation, House of Mercy and Togetherness in Love Community. PB Jam is a community effort; the bread, peanut butter and jelly will be donated by Foodlink and Wegmans.

“PB Jam is a wonderful way for RIT students, faculty and staff to give back to the Rochester community while having a great time,” says Kourtney Spaulding, RIT’s Hillel program director and event organizer. “The event is especially beneficial for our students because many of them come from outside the Rochester area and don’t know about the parts of our city that need the most help until they participate in this program. Also, with the intense academic schedule at RIT, PB Jam is a quick way for students to give back and learn about the local economic situation in the area that they are currently living.”

The event is co-sponsored by Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges and the Jewish Penicillin orga-nization. For more information about PB Jam, contact Spaulding at 585-475-6272.