On October 28 we will share as a faith community the concerns facing children in poverty and homelessness. The statistics are staggering. Children represent a disproportionate share of the poor in the United States; they are 24 percent of the total population, but 36 percent of the poor population. In 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22.0 percent, were poor. The poverty rate for children also varies substantially by race and Hispanic origin. As we address these concerns as a community of faith we are coming together, bringing our Peanut Butter and Jelly, as an offering to these children in need. PB & J is a meal that young children and manage by themselves if necessary. It doesn’t require cooking or preparation. Food shelves report that Peanut Butter and Jelly is the most difficult item to keep stocked because families are always asking for these items. Take some time during your weekly grocery shopping to add extra PB and J to your baskets and bring them to worship on Sunday, October 28. Can’t make it that day, bring your PB and J the next time you are in church as we will make sure it gets delivered to a local food shelf.