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Cops, Socks and Sandwiches Update


Contact: Susan Elizabeth Lee

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
Cops, Socks and Sandwiches

Sue Lee and Phillis Shimamoto, the founders of the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign along with Zev Barnett, the founder of the Denver Peanut Butter Plan felt it would be a great idea to spread a little peanut butter, a little jelly and some extra love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Cops, Socks and Sandwiches, is a Socks = Love Event. Officers from the Denver Police Department, Denver Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Greenwood Village Police Department are going beyond the badge and will be making hundreds of PB&J sandwiches alongside citizens of all ages, on February 11th from 10:00am -12:30pm. The event is to be held at Palazzo Verdi, located at 6363 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village. In attendance will be: Mayor Ron Rakowsky, of Greenwood Village, Council Member, Freda Milken, Denver Women’s Commissioner Jill Wright and from the Mrs. Colorado America Pageant: Mrs. Parker Stacey James, Mrs. El Paso County Regina English, Mrs. Highlands Ranch Michelle Medina, Mrs. Wyoming Erica Pedersen and from the Today’s International Women’s Pageant: Mrs. Darla Allgood of Monument CO.

Sue Lee commented, “A community is made up of everyone who resides in it, which also includes those who are presently without a home,” Lee, went on to say, “This event is about community being community, from the officers who serve us, to the youngest that live in it. Cops, Socks and Sandwiches, is for all of us to have some fun, make PB&J sandwiches, write some valentines and then to deliver sandwiches, valentines and socks to those who are often forgotten and left out.”

Socks are the #1 clothing need of those experiencing homelessness. Currently there are about 15,000 individuals who experience homelessness in Denver Metro Area, 64% are families with children, 42% are women and 21% are under the age of 18. The Sock It To Em Sock Campaign provides thousands of pairs of socks to over 70 shelters services and agencies in the Denver Metro Area. The Denver Peanut Butter Plan monthly makes PB&J sandwiches that go out within the greater Denver Metro Area,

Although the event is full, people wishing to help are encouraged, to stop by and drop off NEW socks into containers that will be provided just inside the building OR visit the websites provided to see how you can become involved with either the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign or the Denver Peanut Butter Plan.

Statistics are from the2016 Point In Time Report

A great gift to Peanut Butter Plan has been offered to us!

Good Luck Chuck Helps Feed More than 4,000 Hungry People
October 13, 2015

Good Luck Chuck, a Colorado-based healthy seed butter concept, recently provided nonprofit Denver Peanut Butter Plan one of the largest food donations the organization has received to date.
“The contribution is enough sunflower seed butter to enable us to feed more than 4,000 people,” says Zev Barnett, Denver Peanut Butter Plan founder.

Denver Peanut Butter Plan, founded in October 2011, is a local nonprofit group that operates behind the sole mission of providing as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as possible to area individuals struggling with hunger, poverty and shelter.

“Denver Peanut Butter Plan is a group I have admired since their inception,” says Aaron Ekalo, Good Luck Chuck founder, and president. “We are excited to be an integral part of their efforts in feeding the hungry and impoverished in our community.”

Zev continues, “This donation is very meaningful as we offer a delicious, healthy choice to less fortunate people in the Denver area. We are so grateful to Aaron and his company for their desire to be a part of this growing cause.”unnamed

Brownies Help Make 2K Sandwiches for Denver Homeless Community

The Denver Peanut Butter Plan recently hosted Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226 at a PB&J party to fulfill their monthly service project. In two hours, the team was able to make over 2,000 sandwiches to hand out to the homeless. Talk about some true girl power!

(Article courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Colorado)

Looking for a messy and fun service project to help the homeless?  Consider The Denver Peanut Butter Plan!  This organization meets once a month to make as many peanut butter sandwiches as they can.  Young kids can help make the sandwiches for 2 hours in the morning. Adult volunteers distribute the sandwiches in the afternoon.

Our Brownie Girl Scouts chose to work on a Lunches with Love service project this October.  They learned how to work on an assembly line team and that kids can chip in too to help feed others in need.

Each Peanut Butter Plan participant is asked to donate one jar of peanut butter and one jar of jelly, plus 2 or more loaves of bread.  This organization can also use sandwich size Ziploc baggies.  Volunteers are welcome to stay for the fun or just drop off donations.  Other donation ideas to consider would be toiletry kits (deodorant, tooth brushes, etc.), first aid kits or Adult Size t-shirts.  These items are welcome for distribution, anytime!

These troops have a goal of completing one or two service projects a month during the school year.  Next up: Collecting classroom school supplies for their teachers’ wish lists.

Muslims Jews Gather at Denver Mosque to Help Feed the Hungry

In addition to a wonderful article in the Denver Post (see below), the Denver Peanut Butter Plan was also featured in a TV segment on CBS Denver. To view the TV segment, please click here.

(Article courtesy of the Denver Post)

Jews and Muslims were in a sticky situation Sunday at the Northeast Denver Islamic Center — they were up to their elbows in peanut butter and jelly as they made roughly 1,000 sandwiches to hand out to people on the streets.

“Feel at home,” Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali told his 50 or so guests. “This is a wonderful thing.”

The newly formed crew immediately settled into their sandwich production and happy chatter. They didn’t discuss the violence, tension and deaths in Israel and Gaza.

“We’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to build relationships that will let us talk about things like that,” said Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav of Wisdom House Denver, a center for multifaith engagement.

“I don’t think God wants us to be killing each other,” he said. “I think he wants us to be feeding each other.”

Alma Ortiz Sayaya, 9, is neither Muslim nor Jew. Her mother, Louise Ortiz, said they heard about this gathering and wanted to be there “to see how one person can make a difference.” Alma already divides her allowance among spending, saving and charity.

Other partners in this interfaith event to benefit Denver’s homeless and hungry were the American Jewish Committee, the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation and The Peanut Butter Plan, a grassroots movement to help feed the poor.

The Denver event was timed in concert with an international initiative of the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding called the fifth annual Weekend of Twinning. The foundation says imams and rabbis, mosques and synagogues, in 17 North American cities and 26 countries cooperate annually to improve human relations.

“With all the hardship in the world, I want to focus on what is good — our commonalities with our Jewish and Christian neighbors and friends,” said volunteer Pamela Altunsoy, a Muslim whose 4-year-old daughter Miriam was about to eat the nearest PB&J.

“We’re putting our beliefs into action,” Altunsoy said. “Feeding the hungry is a great way to do this.”

Sunday’s goal had been modest — to make 500 sandwiches. People brought jars and loaves. King Soopers donated more makings plus a van full of bakery goods to distribute, said Peanut Butter Plan leader Zev Barnett.

“We’re going to have a lot more than 500 sandwiches,” Barnett said. “I’m excited. We’ve been (making sandwiches to give out) for about 13 months in Denver. This is one of our best turnouts.”