Arkansas Peanut Growers Association Donates Peanut Butter to Aid Flood Victims

June 21, 2017 – ATLANTAIn response to the thousands of families affected by the devastating floods in Northeast Arkansas in May, the Arkansas Peanut Growers Association (APGA) and Peanut Proud will deliver 30,000 jars of peanut butter on Wed., June 21, to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, 3414 One Place, Jonesboro, Ark., 72404.

The Arkansas Peanut Growers Association is donating $10,000 from its co-promotion funds and Peanut Proud, the industry’s charitable organization, is contributing $20,000 to provide a full truckload of peanut butter for people in Randolph, Lawrence and Clay counties who were hardest hit by the flooding.  Co-promotion funds are available from the National Peanut Board to certified state peanut producer organizations for peanut promotion activities within their state.

“Peanut growers in Arkansas are pleased to team up with Peanut Proud to help our neighbors who have been impacted by the devastating floods, many of whom are fellow farmers,” said Greg Gill, chairman of APGA and Arkansas representative to the National Peanut Board. “We are proud of the crop we grow—a nutritious and delicious food that meets the needs of food banks when they request items for disaster relief.”

Christie Jordan, CEO of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas said, “We are so grateful for this donation of peanut butter because it is a great source of shelf-stable protein.  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas will distribute the peanut butter through our network of partner agencies and programs, focusing on areas that were impacted by the recent floods.” 

To contribute to Peanut Proud, visit the website or send a check to Peanut Proud, 2015 Disaster Relief, P. O. Box 446, Blakely, Ga., 39823.

Pictured above: (L-R) Greg Baltz, National Peanut Board alternate, Greg Gill, National Peanut Board member and Kim Gill.

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