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May 10, 2011   Email to Friend 

Chuck Hancock
(229) 723-2815
May 10, 2011

Dothan, Ala. --- Peanut industry organizations, including the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, are joining with Peanut Proud to expand the scope of their tornado relief efforts and meet new requests that are coming daily.

In addition to sending peanut butter and supplies, Peanut Proud is preparing almost 1,200 backpacks for the kids of Smithville, Mississippi, and Hackleburg, Alabama, whose schools were completely destroyed by the storms. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association is providing peanut packets for the backpack. In addition, the Houston County Farmers Federation and Houston County Women's Committee are donating agriculture coloring books as well.

On Thursday, May 5, rural areas of Mississippi and Alabama will be receiving the first semi load of Kroger peanut butter and Nantze Springs' bottled water at four distribution points: Smithville, Mississippi; and Hamilton, Cordova, and Russellville, Alabama. Working with the Mississippi and Alabama Extension Service, Peanut Proud is targeting rural areas (farm families) that were in the heart of the strike zone, but that have been ignored by traditional aid deliveries which usually go to the most populated areas. These supplies are going to where they are being requested, not to crowded warehouses. Plans are to deliver at least two more truckloads over the next 3 weeks.

The second semi load will deliver on Thursday, May 12, to an expanded list of distribution centers, including Cullman, Alabama. Additionally, Peanut Proud is supplying pallets of peanut butter to mission teams from Ridgecrest Baptist Church of Dothan, Alabama, as they head to North Birmingham for a cleanup project. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association is also donating packets of peanuts and bottled water to aid in this project.

Finally, plans are starting for a peanut industry "workday" for late May or early June to take a bus of volunteers to one of the rural areas to help with the cleanup for a day.

Special thanks to the transportation partners, Early Trucking and Southern Ag, and all the state grower organizations who continue to reach out to this project.

Your cash contribution is an opportunity to participate in the relief effort and to promote peanuts, and 100 percent of all contributions are used only to purchase items to be delivered directly to tornado victims. Personal and corporate contributions are encouraged and welcomed. Volunteers are also needed in Blakely, Georgia, to help prepare the backpacks for the school kids. For more details, please contact: LeaJean Manry, 229-723-2802 or lmanry@birdsong-peanuts.com.

Tax-deductible charitable contributions to this project can be made to: Peanut Proud Inc, P.O. Box 446, Blakely, GA 39823. Contribution for: Project Giving Back.

For questions or information on contributions, contact Chuck Hancock, 229-723-2815 or chancock@birdsong-peanuts.com.

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