Georgia Peanut Commission encourages peanut consumption at school nutrition meeting
Released: April 21, 2016

TIFTON, Ga. — The Georgia Peanut Commission attended the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s annual meeting April 14-16 in Savannah, Georgia, to educate nutrition personnel about peanuts and peanut butter and promote consumption in schools across the state. During the three day meeting, school nutrition professionals attended educational seminars, visited with food service industry representatives and received recognition for outstanding performance at their respective schools.

In the culinary competition, GPC sponsored a peanut recipe contest recognizing GSNA members who developed new peanut and peanut butter quantity recipes to be used in Georgia schools for breakfast, lunch and snacks. GPC also sponsored a peanut usage award given to the school system with the highest per capita consumption of peanuts and peanut butter.

“Sponsoring the peanut recipe contest for Georgia’s school nutrition program is something we look forward to each year,” Armond Morris, GPC chairman said. “We appreciate all that our state’s nutrition personnel do to keep peanuts and peanut butter on the menu for Georgia’s school children.”

In the breakfast category, Kathy Brown from South Douglas Elementary in Douglasville, Georgia, won first place for her “Peanut Butter Nut Muffin” recipe; second place went to Helen Sellars from Southside Elementary in Cairo, Georgia, for her recipe, “Peanut Butter Banana Muffin;” and third place went to Dare Howze with Parker Mathis Learning Center in Valdosta, Georgia, for her recipe, “Chocolate Nutty Muffins.”

In the lunch category, first place was awarded to Julia Thomas from Bright Star Elementary in Douglasville, Georgia, for her “PB Apple Wrap with Honey” recipe; second place went to Carol Ramirez from Anne Street Elementary in Griffin, Georgia, for her recipe, “Peanut Butter Parfait;” and third place went to Cheryl Mason from Southside Elementary in Pelham, Georgia, for her recipe, “Peanut Butter Crusted Chicken.”

In the snack category, Carol Winters from Treutlen High School in Soperton, Georgia, took home first place for her “Peanut Butter Surprise” recipe; second place was awarded to Janet Howell of Harris County High in Waverly Hall, Georgia, for her recipe, “Gooey Peanut Butter Bar Snack;” and third place went to Deborah Watford from Lake Park Elementary in Valdosta, Georgia, for her recipe, “Chocolate Nutty Muffins.”

In the peanut usage contest, Grady County School System was named the winner for having the highest per capita consumption of peanuts and peanut butter at more than 700 pounds.

All recipe entries were prepared and judged as part of the GSNA Culinary Competition in March 2016 at Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, Georgia.

The Georgia Peanut Commission represents approximately 3,400 peanut farmers in the state of Georgia and conducts programs in the areas of research, promotion and education. For additional information on the programs of the Georgia Peanut Commission and to view the winning recipes mentioned, visit www.gapeanuts.com.

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