Oklahoma students hope to feed hungry kids this summer

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OKLAHOMA CITY – During the summer months, a lot of kids are enjoying the time outside the classroom.

However, some children are struggling because they don’t have enough to eat.

Marketing students from Francis Tuttle Technology Center are trying to curb this problem with a peanut butter drive called, ‘OUTTA the Jar.’

Jars of peanut butter can be seen  stacked high to help feed kids who may go hungry in the summer.

“It has a big toll on my heart, helping kids in similar situations to mine,” said Angela Roche, a student at the school.

Angela Roche said she knows what it’s like to wake up hungry during the summer months.

“Sometimes, you would just have to make ends meet with what you had, and something as convenient has peanut butter would be a satisfying meal,” said Roche.

Nutritionists say peanut butter is packed with protein, doesn’t spoil and can go on almost anything.

“Bread, crackers, apples, celery, you can just have fun with it,” said Roche.

Now, the marketing class is working to make a difference.

Through the ‘OUTTA the Jar peanut butter drive,’ students have raised hundreds of dollars to buy  jars of peanut butter, with the plan to distribute them to kids in need.

“The human lesson of giving, giving to others and what that feels like,” said Natalie Jordan, Francis Tuttle Business Marketing and Management instructor.

A rewarding sense of accomplishment for the students, who also hope to pass on something special to kids in need.

“Just happiness. Everyone’s happy when they’re full, everyone’s happy when they’re eating, so just happiness in knowing that people care about them,” said Tyler Arnett.

The deadline for the ‘OUTTA the Jar peanut butter drive’ is May 30.

You can still participate by dropping off an unopened jar of peanut butter, ideally 16 ounces worth, to any Francis Tuttle Technology Center Campus.

You may also donate at these Walmart Supercenter locations:

  • 2000 W Memorial Rd. in Oklahoma City
  • 2200 W Danforth Rd. in Edmond
  • 1225 W I-35 Frontage Rd. in Edmond.

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