“To the Person Going Through our Trash for Their next Meal, You’re a Human Being and Worth More than a Meal from the Dumpster”

Culinary K Use This

In April 2015, Ashley Jiron, the owner of a restaurant named P.B. Jams — because it serves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, noticed that someone had been digging through her restaurant’s trash. Thinking that the person was looking for food, she posted this sign on a restaurant window: “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. — your friend, the owner.” She said, “I have had times when my daughters and I went home to a dark home [because of an unpaid electricity bill]. Friends were kind enough to let me stay with them until I paid the bill. Sometimes we didn’t have enough left on our benefits at the end of the month and we had to buy a loaf of bread and some peanut butter from the dollar store. I am thankful to the state for allowing me to feed my children when I needed it most.”

For Further Information:

Savannah Stephens, “An act of culinary kindness.” BBC. 14 April 2015


Daniela Galarza, “Restaurant Owner Invites Dumpster Diver in for a Free Meal.” Eater. 13 April 2015


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