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Will You Donate a Jar of Peanut Butter?

snip of the flyer for PHAGNext time you are at the grocery store, consider purchasing an extra jar or two of peanut butter and donating it to your local Extension office as part of the annual Peanut Butter Challenge.  The Challenge is a food collection drive of peanut butter in each of the 16 UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District Counties from Jefferson west to Escambia.  UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District agents have been partnering with the Florida Peanut Producers Association since 2012 to collect peanut butter to distribute to local food pantries in each county.  Annually, Ken Barton and the Florida Peanut Producers Association Board of Directors provide an additional two pallets of peanut butter (approximately 2800 jars) to be divided amongst the counties.  Not only does the Peanut Butter Challenge help publicize the important contribution of Northwest Florida’s peanut growers to the peanut industry of Florida, but it also helps provide a healthy and universally loved product, made from a locally grown product, to food pantries in Florida Panhandle communities from Pensacola to Monticello.

In 2014, Santa Rosa County collected 1,477 jars resulting in more than a ton of peanut butter for their local food pantries.  Escambia County was blessed by the support Helton Farms and Tri-County Peanut Buying Point.  Rodney and Mike Helton and Tri-County purchased two additional pallets of peanut butter from Peanut Proud and helped distribute to Escambia County Florida and Escambia and Baldwin counties in Alabama.  In Washington County, the Public Library is doing a “Food for Fines” campaign, whereby patrons can bring in food in lieu of money for overdue fines.  The library director is changing her campaign to require peanut butter donations as the food for fines forgiveness.  They will collect peanut butter through November 30 and  make a joint presentation with Extension to the local food bank.

As you can see, there are many different ways to get involved.  Across the panhandle, 3,463 jars of peanut butter were donated in 2014, amounting to almost 5,000 pounds of peanut butter.  We’d really like to surpass that number, so please consider helping us by donating as many jars of peanut butter as you can afford.  The collection continues to November 25, 2015.  Contact your local Extension office to find out where you can drop off peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Challenge

Santa Rosa Extension with most of their ton of peanut butter that was collected from throughout the county. (2014)


Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.

Panhandle Agriculture

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