Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) donated 14,400 jars of peanut butter to the Alabama Food Bank Association to assist eight regional food banks with feeding their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on hunger-relief efforts around the state, and peanut butter is a favorite item for food banks.
“Alabama peanut farmers are especially grateful to grow a crop that is so wholesome and nutritious,” said APPA President Carl Sanders, a peanut farmer from Coffee County.
“Peanut butter is filled with protein and essential nutrients, not to mention is shelf-stable, versatile and does not require refrigeration. Those qualities make peanut butter one of the most requested items at food banks.”
APPA was able to make the donation by partnering with Alabama Ag Credit, Alabama Farm Credit and First South Farm Credit. The peanut butter is provided by Peanut Proud, Inc., the humanitarian arm of the peanut industry. Special thanks also to Southern Ag Carriers, Inc. for transporting the peanut butter from Blakely, Georgia to Montgomery.
Jacob Davis, APPA executive director, and Sanders were present for the delivery of the peanut butter at the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Alabama is home to about 900 peanut farmers, and approximately half of the peanuts produced in the U.S. are grown within 100 miles of Dothan. For more information, visit alpeanuts.com.