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As food foodies, our passion is food: We cook food, eat food, think food and dream food, but there are people out there who only do those last two. Did you know that 1 billion people in the world suffer from hunger or malnutrition and about 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes? I plan to help change that.

What are you most thankful for? Let me know by leaving a comment below and I’ll donate a nickel ($0.05) for everyone that does. I realize it’s not all that much by itself, but my goal is to raise awareness and get other bloggers to join in and participate to help feed the needy this Thanksgiving. All comments posted on this post from now until Thanksgiving (Nov. 27th) will be counted and I will donate a nickel for each to The Hunger Site. Simply leave a comment below to tell me (and everyone else) what you are thankful for. Also, make sure to visit The Hunger Site and click on the “Click To Give” button to give for free.

Campaign Complete! – I want to thank everyone for their participation, click here to see the results!

Hopefully this childhood favorite will spur you to action! Leave a comment! The minimum I will donate is $10 but if this gets wildly popular I suppose I’ll have to institute a maximum.

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  1. Nick says:

    Let me start things off…. I am most thankful for not having to worry about where I can find food.

  2. Kristina says:

    I am thankful that my husband and I both have good jobs.

  3. I am thankful for beautiful and inexpensive Charleston, SC’s mild winters. I would have to pay for home heating costs like we did when we lived in snowy Upstate NY.

  4. I am very thankful for my sweet, funny sister :)

  5. heather says:

    right now, i am thankful for margaritas. there are more esoteric things that make me happy… but right now, margaritas are at the top of the list. on the rocks. with salt. mmm.

  6. Meaghan says:

    I’m thankful for the opportunity to be on an incredible adventure, living in London, working for a brilliant company, exploring the world, and having a family who loves and supports me through all of it.

  7. naomi devlin says:

    I’m thankful for the roof over my head, a safe place to sleep and a warm house to escape the cold. I’m thankful that I can always buy food to eat – even when there’s a bad harvest.

    If I think something is unjust I can complain to the local council, or police without fear of consequence – I might not like what they say but I’m glad I have the opportunity. I’m thankful that we have a justice system that is not administered by religious extremists.

    I’m thankful that I – a woman – can go to college, vote and choose what clothes to wear.

    I’m thankful that even if I don’t have a penny, I can still go to the library and read a book.

    Every morning when I wake up healthy and rested, I give thanks that I can flick on the lights, turn on the tap and set the kettle on the stove.

    Thanks for doing this Nick – we who have so much, often forget to give thanks for the things that so much of the world cannot take for granted.

    x x x

  8. Piedro says:

    I am happy that we don’t need to think about being hungry or where we can get our food from. And it makes we sad when I sometimes see how people are wasting food or just throw it away without thinking of those who have to suffer from hunger.
    Here is my contribution to raise awareness: Feed The Hungry.

  9. ana says:

    I am thankful for having a wonderful family and boyfriend.

  10. Megan says:

    I am thankful for too many things to list here! I am definitely thankful that you are doing this. Awesome!

  11. Cammy says:

    I’m thankful for an abundant life.

  12. Aw, Nick, you beat me to the punch. This is the exact same topic I was going to post in two weeks.

    I’m thankful that I’m not the only person that thinks like this.

  13. Hey Nick, this is great! I am thankful that I live in a free society and for my friends and family. And for you!

  14. zestycook says:

    Nick, excellent Job. Great to see.

    I am thankful for the wonderful family I have and that we do not have to worry about where our next meal will come from and that we have our health.

    zesty

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’m most thankful for my friends, family & for people like you who are proactive about making a difference :)

  16. veronicaromm says:

    I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given. I want to give back in any way I can

  17. Krista says:

    Nick…

    This is a super idea!

    I am SO thankful that my kids are healthy and that I have the means to give them a safe, secure environment in which to thrive……

  18. ttfn300 says:

    i am thankful for the love and support of my family

  19. Jo says:

    What a great thing you’re doing. You’re a good guy :)

  20. Sharon says:

    I’m thankful for having a loving family.

  21. Sarah says:

    I am thankful for the kindness and generosity of others, keep it up! :)

  22. Mom says:

    I am thankful for my amazing kids who make me feel proud every day. This is such a nice thing you are doing. But, no surprise there. I’ll spread the word.

  23. Rachel says:

    I’m thankful that we can always afford peanut butter! And that nobody is allergic to it in my house.

    Those are both great things to be thankful for! I suppose I take those for granted too ~ Nick

  24. Jessie says:

    I’m thankful for my sweetheart Hurley,my family,friends and my health! I could go on but it will be a longggggggggg list :p

  25. Chou says:

    I am thankful for friends I’ve never met who set up interesting fund-raising opportunities. Nick, brilliant!

  26. I am thankful that both my wife and my newborn son Ilias are both well after a premature birth at 28 weeks gestation!

  27. averagebetty says:

    I’m thankful for my family and friends and the time I get to share with them.
    I’m also thankful you are doing such a wonderful, selfless thing…

  28. Robin says:

    I’m thankful for the new town I live in–with all it’s great local farms and orchards.

    And, of course, my friends and family too!

  29. stephchows says:

    what a great thing for you to do! fantastic!

  30. Sylvia says:

    I am thankful for my beautiful family and husband

  31. Nate says:

    That book is a weird one. The boy loves the tree but he cuts it down. I don’t get it but my kids like it.

    I’m most thankful for my health, my family, and the fact that I have a job in these tough economic times.

  32. Reeni says:

    I’m thankful for my family, friends and my life.

  33. Sue says:

    Excellent idea. I’m thankful for the continued good health of my family and for the wonderful new world that blogging continues to unfold for me.

  34. Cakespy says:

    You’re too cool. I’m thankful for my wonderful family and the fact that, hairy as it is sometimes, we still live in a free nation and all things considered, life is pretty good here.

  35. rowena says:

    I am very thankful for my wonderful husband who has no problem in letting me take off for “vacation” to see my family in Hawaii. I’m sure it isn’t easy to care for our home and the 2 pups while I’m away!

  36. Anonymous says:

    I’m thankful for God’s provision.

  37. Lynne says:

    I am most thankful for my loving family and a husband who loves to travel as much as I do.

  38. Maggie says:

    I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had in life. Even the ones I squandered.

  39. Swan says:

    I am thankful for access

  40. Heather says:

    It’s really cool that you’re doing this, but the THREE emails you sent me about it (via Foodbuzz) was annoying.

    I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned.

    Shoot! I apologize for that Heather, it froze when I tried to send the message so I clicked it 3 times =/ ~ Nick

  41. Cris says:

    I am thankful to God for every blessing, for my family and friends and for people who care.

  42. jacquie says:

    my dogs

  43. Ching says:

    I’m thankful for my beautiful children, good friends and a husband who provides.

  44. LookyTasty says:

    I’m thankful for my family, friends, and everything in life.

  45. sandy says:

    I’m thankful to be where I am…

  46. sangeeth says:

    I am Thankful for who I am and special thanks to god for giving me such a wonderful parents and husband!

  47. VeggieGirl says:

    YOU HAVE A HEART OF GOLD!!! Love this.

  48. Anjanette says:

    I am most thankful for God’s love and forgiveness.

    Thanks for doing this!

  49. I am thankful for every day on this planet with my beautiful boys and adoring boyfriend.

    I would also suggest to fellow bloggers to reach out to your local food banks and offer some publicity on your blog. I know our local food bank’s cupboards are bare right now. Helping to raise awareness is a big deal.

  50. I remember, back in the good ol’ days, when I was working for DCM (Documentum) before it got bought by EMC, before it went public, we participated in a food drive.

    Documentum was going head to head with another older company who will remain nameless because I forgot who it was but it was probably Oracle, and our rep was talking to their rep and their rep was trying to console us saying that they always donated more than anyone and one day Documentum might come close to their donation..

    Documentum almost doubled their contribution and we were just a little (50 people or so) start up. Ah, those were the days. And in that spirit, Life by Chocolate will do the same. Great idea.

    That’s wonderful, but what exactly do you mean by “Life by Chocolate will do the same”? ~ Nick

  51. Leslie M. says:

    What a great thing to do Nick. YAY. We are so blessed to have the things we do, the food we eat and a roof over our heads! Thanks for sharing the wealth!

  52. PS My blog link where I posted is at the Life by Chocolate Blog.

    Excellent! Thanks for the support, I’ll add your link above ~ Nick

  53. Jeff says:

    Great idea, Go Peanut Butter!
    I’ve got to say that in this day and age I’m thankful for the basics, food, shelter and family!

  54. Ivy says:

    We are on the same wave line Peanut Butter Boy. I am hosting the Event which two other blogger friends and I started for World Food Day and now this month we are continuing with the same event having as theme “Time to be Thankful”. We are planning to take it to another level and maybe you could contribute to this event as well.
    http://kopiaste.org/2008/10/announcement-of-world-food-day-event-%e2%80%93-time-to-be-thankful/

  55. Dan says:

    I am thankful for all the nice friends I have made over the years.

  56. Gera says:

    I’m thankful to have good health and can enjoy food others can’t…a lot of people they haven’t, at all..;(
    Good idea and cause!

  57. Jen says:

    I’m thankful I don’t wake up hungry at night. Thankful to God for this endlessly fascinating and life-supporting earth we’re all on.

  58. Julie says:

    I am thankful for my two rescue dogs and their unconditional love! This is a great idea, Nick. Thanks for letting me know about it!

  59. Rose-Anne says:

    I am thankful for my pint-sized niece, who loves eating as much as I do.

    Nick, have you heard about a food called PlumpyNut? It’s a nutritional supplement that is being used, among other places, in Africa to help nourish children. I think it’s primarily made of peanuts and dried milk, which makes me think it’s very similar to the no-bake peanut bars made by those damn tree-hugging hippies! I just love the story of PlumpyNut because it confirms what we already know: peanuts are the perfect food.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    I have not heard specifically of PlumpyNut but I’ve heard of similar ideas based on peanut butter because it is so nutritious and calorie dense. Peanut butter to the rescue! ~ Nick

  60. Michelle says:

    I am thankful for my family! They are the greatest group of people I know!

  61. Erin says:

    I’m thankful for my education!

  62. Tina says:

    I’m thankful for my husband, my mom and sister, apple crisp, and PUGS!

  63. michelle says:

    i’m most thankful for my twin sister.

  64. Laura says:

    I am thankful for my family

  65. Kara says:

    There are too many things to list.
    I’m thankful for being alive and healthy, in general. And for the lady who stopped and made sure I was okay after I got into a hit-and-run today.

  66. Cec says:

    I am so thankful for everything, but especially my family. They are always there for me when I need them.

  67. Rebecca says:

    I am thankful for my friends that keep me happy and sane during grad school.

  68. I am thankful for who I am, my friends and family!

  69. Janet Rose says:

    What a great idea. I’m thankful for my husband’s care. I’m disabled and he helps me wash, dress, eat, bathroom care, get on the computer,walk,cry,laugh, etc. and I’m up several times each night and need his help then too. He also has a job,feeds the animals, does the garden, all shopping and driving–and is making us a house using a chainsaw and hammer because we have zero electric power or running water. Thank you Steve.

    That is incredible, what a great man. Thank you Steve. ~ Nick

  70. Ali Strand says:

    I am thankful for my amazing brother

    Thanks sis =)! ~ Nick

  71. C says:

    I’m thankful for a lot things; mostly my husband, family, and friends.

    You’re doing a great thing! Thanks for thinking of others.

  72. Jen says:

    I’m so thankful for a warm home, a roof over my head, and banana bread in my tummy. Kudos to you for this generous idea!

  73. I am thankful for being surrounded by so much love, and I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of food without having to worry where my next bite will come from…and blog about it

    Such an inspiring job you’ve done, Nick! Keep it up!

  74. Anne Lossing says:

    I am thankful for my family and friends (to start with).

  75. Kath says:

    Great post, great idea Nick!!!

  76. Jackie says:

    I am thankful that nice people like you are trying to help the less fortunate in trying times.

  77. Dena Jaffee says:

    I am thankful there are people out there like you that have the awareness, technological savvy and resources to help the people in need.

    Thank you!

  78. I love the Giving Tree!!! What a fabulous book. Great cause too :)

  79. Cakelaw says:

    I am thankful that I have plenty to eat and enough to share with others.

  80. How about it I Twitter it? ;)

    Great, thanks! I just added you on Twitter too! ~ Nick

  81. Katie says:

    I’m thankful to have been able to attend a good college- although I sometimes take it for granted- which my parents have scrimped and saved for so that I wouldn’t have to. I’m also thankful for my wonderful family.

    Thanks so much for doing this, Mr. Peanut Butter Boy.

  82. Nazarina A says:

    I am thankful just like you to be able to pay a little something forward to the needy!

  83. Katrina says:

    You rock, PB Boy!
    I am thankful for an amazing husband and family, the roof over our head, electricity–so I can bake!, and all our daily blessings that we may not always deserve! I am also thankful to live in the USA! Okay, I know you said one thing, but there’s just too many. Thanks, Nick.

  84. Sagan says:

    That’s so sweet and LOOK AT ALL THESE COMMENTS! :)

  85. H says:

    I’m thankful for an opportunity to do something good today. =o) Thanks, Nick! And I’m thankful that at this moment in time I have nothing stressing me out. Lastly, I’m thankful we have PB in the house since I’m now craving it. lol

  86. Marge says:

    I’ve learned to take nothing for granted. I am grateful for everything, most of the time… when I realize I’m not, I correct it as much as I can immediately.. some times it takes longer so I pray. Everyday I pray for our planet.

    This is a wonderful thing you’re doing.. I hope many will follow suit.

  87. Sara S says:

    Wow, I am really glad that I stumbled upon this!
    I would like to say that I am thankful for my family and my friends and the smiles that they always put on my face!
    Also, I am thankful for all the funny little events that occur in our everyday lives :)

  88. Catherine says:

    I am thankful for my wonderful life and my wonderful boyfriend.

  89. Maddy says:

    I am thankful for my parents =)

  90. Chere says:

    As I stood outside today in the cold, dreary and wet November afternoon I was thankful for a roof over my head and a warm, comfy bed to sleep in.

  91. Utz says:

    I am thankful for my brother’s future career in medicine, for a wonderful dog as my faithful companion, for my ability to run, and of course thankful I know how to prepare food for my dad and myself every night

    also thankful for great bloggers such as yourself

  92. Dani says:

    So, so many things…
    I am thankful for roasted chicken and root veggies on a chilly night.

  93. JoAnn says:

    I am thankful that the berries on my bush were not poisonous!

  94. Ashley C. says:

    What a cool idea! I was just thinking today how a food blogger should do something like this!
    I’m thankful for tons of things- my family, boyfriend, my body, the roof over my head and the food on my plate everyday.

  95. Beth Hicks says:

    I am thankful for my family. They make everything worth it. I am also thankful for all the Thanksgivings at my sisters home in the past that have made our Thanksgivings so special. We can’t make it this year, but will be thinking of everyone on that day.

  96. Good for you Nick. I am so thankful for life.

  97. abigail says:

    i am thankful that someone cares about other people…

  98. Kersten says:

    I’m thankful for the beauty and bounty of the environment. You rock for doing the nickel per comment donation!

  99. Great thing you’re doing, PBB.

    I am thankful for… simply everything. My life, my wonderful family and friends, my cats, and for everything that life brings.

  100. miss v says:

    truly awesome. i’m headed over to the salvation army site right now to see what volunteer opps are open for the holidays.

  101. BTW, I lifted part of your post here and added my own experiences to it. I thought you put it perfectly and so borrowed your passion. Also, I thought, originally, that that was part of the process. I hope that’s OK for the cause.

    Thanks, it’s no problem at all ~ Nick

  102. Your GF says:

    I love you! I am thankful to be almost done with school for the semester, for my lovely students, for my family, and of course YOU!

  103. gaga says:

    What a great idea! I’m thankful for my family and friends’ health and happiness.

  104. I am thankful for the countless hugs, kisses, and “I Love Yous” that I receive each day from my healthy, silly, amazingly wonderful children (ok, I admit I am a little biased!). I am thankful to have my best friend as my husband. He keeps me grounded and supports me like no other. I am also thankful to have “met” you through our mutual devotion to peanut butter!!

    PS – The Giving Tree is my absolute FAVORITE childhood book. You really are my long lost brother :)

    Peanut butter brings the world together! It IS a great book, did you also like the hungry hungry caterpillar? ~ Nick

  105. Norah says:

    I am thankful for change.

  106. I’m thankful that you can stumble across lovely perky positive websites like this one.

    As well as my family and friends, my health and (relative) sanity, my freedom, my creativity, and my happy nature.

    GOOD LUCK NICK!!!

    Thanks Nibble, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for making me donate a nickel =) ~ Nick

  107. Victoria says:

    I am most thankful for being able to see my 20th birthday this year. Every year since I was 15 or 16, some doctor somewhere has told me that my body wouldn’t take the abuse of anorexia anymore, that I was underweight and malnourished too long and I would probably die before age 20. I am grateful to have beaten all the odds and now have the chance to help others.

    That is incredible, congratulations. Stay healthy and eat some peanut butter! ~ Nick

  108. Jenn says:

    I am thankful for my family and education.

  109. Victoria says:

    Ah! Peanut butter was and is a staple of eating disorder recovery. What else packs so much nutrition into such a tiny portion?

  110. Ben says:

    I am thankful for my family, the biological one and the extended one, they are the reason I am still alive today.

  111. Brittany says:

    I am thankful for my family.

  112. Regina says:

    This is a wonderful idea. (As an aside, I’ve only recently found your blog and I get such a kick out of your recipes! I think I’ll try the pumpkin pie oatmeal soon.)

    I’m thankful for my Grandma living nearby, my family’s open doors, and a few friends that I miss and hope I’ll see again soon.

    Thanks! By the way, the pumpkin pie oatmeal is my all-time favorite recipe, I can’t go a day without it now. Enjoy! ~ Nick

  113. I’m thankful for my boyfriend – a man who, with his lupus, cidp, and rhumatoid arthritis, is as similar to me inside and out as any person in the world can be. And he’s a willing guinea pig for all of my cooking creations to boot!

    What a great idea, Nick; I’m thankful to YOU for putting it together!

  114. Bren says:

    great post Nick. Love you for it. I’m thankful for not having a gov’t that tells me how much food I can eat on a monthly basis. Real talk here. I’ll get involved in this matter. People in Cuba die from starvation all the time. So uncalled for. There and everywhere else.

  115. Eskay says:

    I’m thankful for all my blessings!

  116. Denise says:

    Wow, what a wonderful thing you are doing.

    I am thankful for family (including extended family which includes you) and friends. I am thankful for the opportunity to spend time them in person or on the phone. I am thankful we are in relatively good health. Thanks for letting us share.

  117. anudivya says:

    Gosh I missed this, is it too late to leave a message now?
    I am thankful for what I have been, and what I am.

  118. Joe says:

    I am thankful for this post and your giving. I’m thankful for Fantasy Football, Milky Way candy bars, the Lord, and Thanksgiving.

  119. Gloria says:

    This is a really wonderful thing that you’re doing. :) Big hugs to you.
    I’m thankful for so many things, but especially my family. And my three cats and two dogs. And that I moved to San Antonio from Chicago to escape the cold, bitter winters. And coffee. I’m really thankful for coffee!
    I’ll write a post about this and link to you. I’ll send you an email when it’s up.

  120. Caroline says:

    I am thankful that I have a warm home and food. I am thankful that we have not lost a job yet. I am thankful for family.
    =]]

  121. I’m most thankful for my husband who loves me unconditionally!

  122. yasmeen says:

    I am thankful for my cozy home in this chilly weather and a loving family.

  123. Amanda says:

    I’m thankful that there are people in the world still willing to do something amazing for others.

  124. Cynthia says:

    I am thankful that I am alive today.

  125. Sandy says:

    I am thankful for my health & 2 healthy grandchildren, that they have a nice warm place to sleep, food to eat & parents & family who love them.

  126. Joanna says:

    I am thankful for my health, even though I’m sick a lot. I just know that there are people out there who are so much sicker than I am.

    This is a great cause!!!!

  127. Teresa says:

    Bless you forgiving of yourself. I am thankful for that. We have life and love to sustain us. All else will follow. Hugs.

  128. Dan says:

    I am thankful that i live in a country that i can do freely what other can not in theres as well as worship God with no consequence

  129. Dan says:

    woot
    another nickle =D

  130. ValleyWriter says:

    I am thankful for all of the caring, giving people like you in the world.

  131. Sandy S says:

    I’m thankful for too many things to name here (but if you want to read about them on a day-to-day basis thru November, you can visit my blog). I’ll make a long story short by covering the usual bases – my God, my family, my friends, food, freedom, hope, safety pins . . . and the fact that people are still unselfish enough to reach out and extend kindness to less fortunate others. Thank you!

  132. Nicole says:

    I am thankful for all the wonderful people in my life!

  133. Rika says:

    I’m thankful for my fortunate “well” life

  134. Foong says:

    I am thankful that there are still people like you who cared enough to start this. We need more people like you!

  135. Fan of the Peanut Butter Boy says:

    The Peanut Butter Boy is darn cute and a nice guy by doing what he’s doing to raise awareness. Did I mention he’s darn cute?!

  136. HangryPants says:

    I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am also thankful there are considerate people like you!

  137. Anna says:

    I am thankful for your generosity! This is an awesome idea.

  138. Talia says:

    I am thankfull for my daughter, who thank g-d came out perfect, even as a preemie, and my wonderful husband and family!

  139. I am thankful that there are people in the world like yourself who care about others and are willing to go that extra mile to help the less fortunate:D

  140. Amy says:

    I am thankful for peanut butter. I eat it almost everyday!
    I am thankful for my health and my family.

  141. Sophia says:

    I am thinkful for my wonderful mentors… and of course that I have time off coming up!

  142. Vishwajeet Kumar says:

    Hey thanx. And you are doing a good job

  143. Alekz Londos says:

    I am thankful that there are still people like you who care, still feel the pain of others, people that are still trying to make a difference against all of lifes other obstacles and spending your time and energy to help other people…

    Thank you!!! =)

  144. Courtney says:

    Rock on, Peanutbutterboy! :) Happy Holidays!

  145. christine says:

    this is a wonderful thing to do

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