WARR ACRES, Okla. (WKRN) – When the owner of an Oklahoma restaurant saw someone going through the business’ dumpster, she immediately took action to reach out to the stranger.
Ashley Jiron, who owns a peanut butter and jelly spot called P.B. Jams, was throwing out some trash when she noticed some bags and containers with food were emptied.
“Immediately, of course, my heart sank, and I knew I needed to do something about it right away,” she told ABC News.
Jiron explained she didn’t see the person or have the chance to speak with them, so instead she left them a note.
The note said, “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a classic, PB&J, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”
For Jiron, the gesture was personal.
“I am a mother of two little girls and I’ve struggled like a lot of single parents out there, and I’ve had to ask for state assistance food stamps and such,” she explained to ABC. “Sometimes at the end of the month there wasn’t enough to feed me and my family. Something as simple as even just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is very comforting to somebody and maybe even offer them a few words.”
The person has yet to take the offer, but the community has shown lots of support. Jiron’s Facebook post has hundreds of “likes” and “shares.”
“I don’t know if that person will ever come in with the attention this has gotten, because it could be pride. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s pride that’s not my intention at all; I just wanted to feed them something simple,” she said. “It has been so incredible the kind of support from everyone messaging and writing me and thanking me for something so simple that I thought was just second nature.”