Peanut Proud and the Georgia Peanut Commission donate peanut butter to Oklahoma families
Released: May 24, 2013
TIFTON, Ga. —Peanut Proud and the Georgia Peanut Commission loaded 22 pallets of peanut butter (31,680 jars) today to send to families in Oklahoma following the tornado disaster earlier this week. The entire U.S. peanut industry is supporting this effort and plans to send an additional truckload of supplies next week consisting of another 22 pallets of peanut butter, peanut snacks and other non-refrigerated items to donate to area food banks and distribution centers.
The Georgia Peanut Commission has donated $5,000 towards this project to assist families in Oklahoma who have been devastated by the tornadoes. Peanut Proud is the humanitarian relief organization of the U.S. peanut industry.
"We as peanut farmers in the state of Georgia are excited to be taking part in the donation to help families in Oklahoma during this difficult time," says Tim Burch, Georgia Peanut Commission board member. "Peanut butter is the perfect food in a situation like this since it does not have to be refrigerated, does not require cooking and delivers a nutritional punch that is life-sustaining."
The peanut industry is working with the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association to deliver the peanut products to at least three distribution centers in the area surrounding towns of Moore and Shawnee, Okla. Individuals wanting to help can make a donation online at www.peanutproud.com or send their check made payable to "Peanut Proud" and mail to "Project Oklahoma Relief," c/o Peanut Proud, P.O. Box 446, Blakely, Ga., 39823.