Wednesday, April 2, 2014

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 2 marks National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, and I’m sure everyone holds a fond memory of this childhood classic.  For me it reminds me of summer pool days.  To this day I still crave a PB&J sandwich when I’m at the pool. 

In 2002 a survey revealed that the average PB&J loving American eats 1,500 sandwiches before graduating high school! No wonder this sandwich gets its own day.

At Room In The Inn, this sandwich holds a special place in our heart because, for us, it all started with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

28 years ago our founding director, Charles Strobel, then a priest in East Nashville, began offering hospitality in his own way by providing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need.

That hospitable act grew into him welcoming those sleeping in the church parking lot and on the steps of his parish in for the night.  In December 1987, four congregations committed to welcoming those who were homeless into their congregation for shelter.

Today we have more than 175 congregations, representing many faith traditions, engaging in this ministry inspired by God’s love.  During the winter nights, they provide hospitality and hope to men, women, and children in Middle Tennessee.

So let’s raise a sandwich to today, and honor the hospitality that all started with this simple sandwich.

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Want to celebrate PB&J day on your own? You can go traditional or check out our Pinterest for some unique PB&J recipes!

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