Jam City 2017 brings gourmet spin on PB&J

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TOLEDO (WTVG) -- In the warm weather and the cold, those with Food for Thought are always thinking about feeding those in need

Jill Bunge is the Executive Director of the organization that started in 2007.

Ten years ago, she explains, a group of people came together, started making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, then handed them out downtown.

It's something they still do every Saturday.

"Of course, to provide sustenance to people who are hungry, but also to use that as a vehicle to start building connections and relationships with people, and acknowledging the dignity and humanity in everyone that they encountered," says Bunge.

Food for Thought has also gotten bigger and branched out with a mobile food pantry.

Plus, partnerships with growers, churches and community centers.

Now, the organization feeds roughly 350 families per month and has helped 21,000 individuals or families over the past decade.

Food for Thought has a way for you to help - and help yourself to some food.

Its fundraiser, "Jam City," brings together chefs and restaurants who are challenged to come up with dishes featuring - what else? - peanut butter and jelly.

Whoever wins the crowd, wins a coveted glass trophy.

The money raised helps buy PB & J, other shelf-stable foods and fresh fruits and veggies.

Jam City 2017, a benefit for "Food for Thought" will be at the Huntington Center next Thursday, May 25th, from 6:00PM - 9:00PM.

There will be 22 local chefs this year.

Tickets are $40.00.

Proceeds from last year provided 3,500 meals.