The U.S. Peanut Industry is uniting to donate more than 100,000 jars of peanut butter to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey’s massive and historic flooding. The donation effort is being coordinated through Peanut Proud, a non-profit organization of the U.S. Peanut Industry, and the Texas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB). The retail value of the donation is estimated at $290,000. “Today has been amazing. Every peanut area has reached out and said they were gathering funds to send to Peanut Proud for the hurricane and flood victims,” said Shelly Nutt, Executive Director of the TPPB.
Initial deliveries will be made by Southern Ag Carriers to the Houston and San Antonio Food Banks in the next few weeks, with more to follow. “This horrific flood will leave damage for weeks and even months to come. We want to be in it and ready for the long haul,” said Nutt.
The shipments will include peanut butter manufactured by Algood Food Company, Kroger Company, Severn Peanut Company, John B. SanFilippo & Son and Golden Boy Foods. The Texas Peanut Producers Board, Georgia Peanut Commission, Virginia Peanut Growers Association, Virginia-Carolinas Peanut Promotions, National Peanut Board, National Peanut Buying Points Association, 2017 class of the Peanut Leadership Academy, Birdsong Peanuts and Premium Peanut were gracious in their donations to help with disaster relief in Texas.
Peanut butter has seven grams of protein per serving, is shelf stable, requires no refrigeration or special preparation and is enjoyable for all age groups, making it a natural choice for those who suddenly find themselves suffering from food insecurity, including Texans in shelters across affected areas of the state.
To contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, visit Peanut Proud’s website at http://www.peanutproud.com or send a check to: Peanut Proud, Hurricane Harvey Relief, P.O. Box 446, Blakely, GA 39823.
Local food banks will be supporting those in Texas, and will need to replenish their supplies. If you would like host your own peanut butter drive, visit Peanut Butter for the Hungry at PB4H.org to access the Peanut Butter Drive Success Kit which provides all the tools you need to mount a successful drive.