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May 06, 2013   Email to Friend 

Miranda Mattheis
(334) 612-5493
May 06, 2013

Representatives from food banks across Alabama visited Montgomery May 6 to receive the peanut butter donation. Pictured are, from left, David Hanks, director of the Wiregrass Area Food Bank; Parke Hinman, director of the Montgomery Area Food Bank; Kathryn Strickland, director of the Food Bank of North Alabama; Lea Jean Manry of Peanut Proud; J.D. Parks, director of the Selma Area Food Bank; Henry Lipsey, director of the West Alabama Food Bank; Dave Reaney, director of the Bay Area Food Bank; Martha Henk, director of the Food Bank of East Alabama; Randy Griggs, executive director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association; Gregg Grimsley of Peanut Proud; and Mary Kelley, director of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.

The Alabama Peanut Producers Association is helping feed the less fortunate by donating peanut butter to food banks across the state. Seven pallets — or 10,080 jars — of Peanut Proud peanut butter were donated to the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) May 6.

“This donation means a lot to the people it will serve,” said MAFB Deputy Director Bill Havron. “Peanut butter provides nutritious food to those in need, which is important because we have had a big push for nutrition over the last few years. Peanut butter is a fast-moving, highly-desired item.”

The MAFB distributes food and household products to member agencies in 35 counties. Jars of peanut butter received May 6 will be split among food banks in Birmingham, Dothan, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika/Auburn, Selma and Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Peanut Producers Association President Carl Sanders said he was glad to play a role in feeding the state’s hungry.

“Alabama’s peanut farmers work hard to provide companies like Peanut Proud with safe, nutritious products they can use in their peanut butter,” said Sanders. “Approximately half the peanuts grown in the United States each year are used to make peanut butter, and a bulk of those are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan. We’re proud to do our part to give back to the people of this state.”

Similar Peanut Proud shipments were also made in Albany, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla.

For more information on the APPA, visit AlPeanuts.com. For information on Peanut Proud’s philanthropy, visit http://www.peanutproud.com/giving-back.

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