A little girl with a big heart is ensuring none of her classmates will ever go hungry by collecting jars of her favorite food combination, peanut butter and jelly.
Eva Chapman has donated 1,033 pieces of PB&J to nine schools including her own. Strangers as far as Canada have donated jars to the 6-year-old’s cause.
“It’s just been such a wonderful outpouring of support,” mom Nicole Chapman of Florida told “Good Morning America.” “For whatever reason, this really just touched people and moved them. I’m very proud of her. She has a huge heart.”
PHOTO: Eva Chapman, a student at Volusia County School District, began collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly after hearing a classmate didn’t have enough to eat at home. (Volusia County School District)
Eva, a soon-to-be first grader at Spruce Creek Elementary School in Port Orange, launched her project in mid-April. Eva told her mom she wanted to have a food drive after learning a fellow classmate might not have enough to eat at home.
“She got fixated on [another child] she went to school with,” Chapman said. “It became apparent to me that [the child] didn’t have a great home life. My advice to her was, ‘Go ahead and love from afar because they don’t have everything you have.”
PHOTO: Eva Chapman, a Florida student entering first grade, has collected over 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly for her fellow classmates. (Nicole Chapman )
Chapman said her daughter’s school offers free and reduced hot lunch to students whose families struggle financially. Eva knows this, but wondered what those kids have to eat when they’re at home.
So with the help of her mom, Eva launched a kid-friendly food drive where in true 6-year-old fashion, she aimed to gather a whopping 10 million jars of PB&J.
PHOTO: Eva Chapman, a Florida student entering first grade, has collected over 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly, and had 200 jars left over for her school’s food pantry. (Nicole Chapman)
While she hasn’t reached her overly ambitious goal, mom said Eva is thrilled with the outcome.
“We are getting more and more peanut butter and jelly so we could have some for the children that have hot lunch and so they could have peanut butter and jelly for the summer,” Eva said in a video interview with Volusia County Schools.
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PHOTO: Eva Chapman, 6, is ensuring none of her classmates will ever go hungry by collecting peanut butter and jelly jars. (Nicole Chapman )
Eva’s PB&J campaign has been featured on local news and in turn, inspired spin-off projects in nearby schools.
“Other parents, other students, other schools and even other districts I’m hearing, students are following her lead and wanting to impact other students in a positive way and make sure that no kids go hungry over the summer break,” said Spruce Creek’s principal Andrea Hall.