Six-year-old Eva Chapman was worried about another student in her kindergarten class having enough to eat over the summer and enough things that he would like to eat. She attends Spruce Creek Elementary in Port Orange.

She and her mom started a very specific food drive, Eva explained:

“So we could have peanut butter and jelly for children all around the world.”

The Volusia school district will have 56 locations over the summer where students can get free breakfast and lunch. In addition to that program, schools like Spruce Creek collect food donations and send bags home to families who may need the help over the summer. The plan is to supplement those bags with the peanut butter and jelly donations — although now, the family is getting so many donations, they may spread the wealth to other area schools.

Eva said her goal is 10 million jars; mom Nicole said the goal was 25 sets of PB&J. So far, they’ve collected more than 100.

Philanthropy comes naturally to Eva, whose parents have been trying to teach her to be selfless and help those in need.

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“When the kids were born I said, ‘I gotta start living a life of service, because I want them to live a life of service,’” Nicole said. “Clearly, they’ve been paying attention!”

Every year the family hosts a diaper drive in December in honor of their daughter Gabriella, who was stillborn. They also did food drives when Eva was in preschool, which is why she started asking why they aren’t collecting food to help kids like the one in her class.

Nicole Chapman suggested they restrict this drive to peanut butter (Eva’s favorite) and jelly.

The family has been advertising the drive in the Facebook group they use for the annual diaper drive, Gabriella’s Light. The word has spread from there, getting shares from family friends, school officials and other groups. The push has even inspired students at other schools to recreate the drive.

“When you have kids, you think about the parent you want to be. And every day you think you’re failing,” Nicole Chapman said, wiping tears from her eyes. “And then your kid does something like this, and you see how other people respond to it, and you think, OK maybe I’m not that bad.”

Anyone who wants to donate can drop peanut butter and jelly off at Spruce Creek Elementary in Port Orange during school hours, or at the NextHome at the Beach office at 110 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The drive will end May 27.

To those who have already donated, Eva had something to say:

“I love you, and thank you.”

Spruce Creek Elementary: 642 Taylor Rd. Port Orange, FL, 32127

This story originally published to news-journalonline.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.