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Peanut Proud 2017 DISASTER RELIEF

Southeast US Tornadoes

Disaster relief efforts in 2017 started when heavy winds caused major damage to the Albany, Georgia area in early January. Peanut Proud partnered with the American Peanut Shellers Association and local churches to deliver 7,760 jars of peanut butter.

This area was hit again in late January by a string of tornadoes that caused significant damage. This event, however, affected Mississippi and Alabama as well as southwest Georgia. Peanut Proud partnered with the Georgia Peanut Commission, the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association, the National Peanut Board, J.B. Sanfilippo and Son, The Kroger Company, Golden Boy, SouthernAg, 2nd Harvest of Southwest Georgia, local churches and the Dougherty County School System to deliver 44,680 jars to those impacted by the storms.

In June, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in northeast Arkansas. Because of generous donations from The Kroger Company and the National Peanut Board, Peanut Proud was able to deliver 30,240 jars of peanut butter to the Foodbank of Northeast Arkansas.

In August and September, a series of major hurricanes struck Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Working with the Texas Peanut Producers Board and Florida Peanut Producers and receiving donations from the Georgia Peanut Commission, Birdsong Peanuts, South Carolina Peanut Board, Texas Peanut Producers Board, Florida Peanut Producers, Virginia-Carolinas Peanut Promotions, Virginia Peanut Growers Association, Premium Peanut, National Peanut Buying Points Association, South Carolina Farm Bureau, OLAM Edible Nuts, Alabama Peanut Producers, Florida Peanut Federation, Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts, SouthernAg, Early Trucking Company, the Peanut Proud Festival, J.B. Sanfilippo and Son, the Algood Food Company, Severn Peanut Company, Golden Boy, and the Kroger Company, Peanut Proud was able to deliver 32,384 jars of peanut butter to the San Antonio Food Bank, 61,200 jars to the Houston Food Bank, 30,240 jars to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (Fort Myers) and 30,240 jars to Feeding Northeast Florida foodbank (Jacksonville).

Hurricane Maria

Peanut Proud is currently working with The Hershey Company, Scott’s Miracle-Gro and Feeding America to finalize plans to deliver and distribute peanut butter to and in the Caribbean. Currently, 30,240 jars of peanut butter will be shipped to Puerto Rico and 30,240 jars will ship to the Virgin Islands.

Hunger Relief

Peanut Proud is also committed to supporting hunger relief caused by circumstances other than natural disasters. During 2017, so far, Peanut Proud has delivered 97,364 jars of peanut butter in this effort. Currently there are another 37,440 jars scheduled for delivery over the next two to three weeks.

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