Georgia peanut industry donates 10,080 jars of peanut butter to the Second Harvest of South Georgia Food Bank

Released: April 23, 2013

TIFTON, Ga. —The Georgia Peanut Commission and Peanut Proud donated 10,080 jars of peanut butter today to the Second Harvest of South Georgia Food Bank. The peanut butter made with Georgia grown peanuts will help feed families in 30 South Georgia counties.

“Second Harvest of South Georgia is so grateful not only to the Georgia Peanut Commission but also to the farmers statewide who helped make this possible. Their donation will help feed thousands of South Georgia families,” says Eliza McCall, chief marketing officer of Second Harvest of South Georgia. “Nutritious foods generally cost more than low-quality foods, which makes it even more difficult for low-income folks to get the nourishment they need. Peanut butter is a great addition to our food bank stores because of its incredible nutritional value. We appreciate their commitment to helping Second Harvest combat hunger in South Georgia.”

Second Harvest of South Georgia, serves 30 South Georgia counties and is the region’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Headquartered in Valdosta, the organization has locations in Albany, Douglas, and Thomasville.

“On behalf of Georgia’s 4,000 peanut farmers, the Georgia Peanut Commission is proud to donate peanut butter to the Second Harvest of South Georgia Food Bank,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “Peanut butter is a cost effective way for individuals to receive nutrients such as protein they need in their diets to stay healthy.”

Through the Second Harvest network of over 500 partner charities and through the Second Harvest of South Georgia program, they distribute more than 1 million pounds of food per month to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger. The Second Harvest of South Georgia is addressing hunger and poverty, and changing a generation in South Georgia through their innovative programs like Kids Café, Manna Truck Mobile Food Pantry, Disaster Services, Farm to Family, Teachers Harvest and Agency Food Distribution. For more information on how you can fight hunger and poverty in our South Georgia Community, visit http://www.feedingsga.org.

The peanut butter donated was processed at Tara Foods, in Albany, Ga., using Georgia grown peanuts.

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