Volunteering at a soup kitchen or food pantry has long been a popular service activity for teens – easy to organize and meaningful. Now, BBYO is helping teens take the next step with PB&J: Poverty, Bread & Justice: A Jewish Teen Summit on Hunger.

Jewish teens from around the country will convene in Washington, D.C., for five days this summer (Thurs., June 24-Mon., June 28) to discuss today’s most pressing food-related questions. (Hint: There’s more to it than “What’s for dinner?”)

Specifically, the summit will address:

  • How does what I eat impact the environment?
  • What is Kosher, and why does it matter?
  • How can I promote healthy eating?
  • How can I fight hunger?

Over the last decade, food – particularly farming and sustainable food production, food politics, religion & food, health & nutrition, and global injustices around food access – has come to the forefront of American thought and discussion. As an ancient tradition with many food-related laws, traditions and perspectives, Judaism has significant wisdom to add to these important conversations.

In addition to discussing these issues together, PB&J participants will have the opportunity to meet with their Congressional leaders about eliminating hunger nationally and internationally, engage in service, study texts related to food and other Jewish values, and celebrate Shabbat together.

The event costs $150 for all five days (including programming, housing and vegetarian meals), and there are limited scholarships available. It is being organized by PANIM I in cooperation with American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Hazon, Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA), and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

Find out more about the PB&J event here, and register online here.