Annual Peanut Proud Festival to be Held March 19

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Peanut Proud holds community festival to honor local peanut industry.

On Saturday, March 19, Peanut Proud will host the 8th annual Peanut Proud Festival, a daylong event held in Blakely, GA featuring a 5K race, live music, as well as local food and art vendors. This lively event, which is expected to attract up to 10,000 people, pays respect to local peanut farmers and helps support Peanut Proud’s ongoing activities. The festival will also help celebrate the remaining days of National Peanut Month that is held every March.

Peanut Proud is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization of the U.S. peanut industry that is dedicated to donating peanut butter to organizations and individuals in need, both domestically and internationally. Peanut butter is the number one most requested item by food banks due to its nutritious, inexpensive and shelf-stable nature. As March is also National Nutrition Month, it is a particularly appropriate time to recognize peanut butter’s inherently healthy profile.

Peanut Proud recently collaborated with The Georgia Peanut Commission to donate 10,080 jars of peanut butter to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) in celebration of Georgia PB&J Day on March 16. ACFB provides food and grocery products to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies with hunger relief programs throughout the Atlanta area and north Georgia. It is estimated that over 80,000 people are served each week by programs supported by ACFB.

Earlier this month, Peanut Proud donated six pallets, or 8,640 jars, of peanut butter to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America. These donations were made in partnership with the Virginia Peanut Board and Virginia Peanut Growers Association. “Peanut butter is desperately needed by our food banks,” said Dell Cotton, Executive Secretary of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association. “The nutritional benefits of our industry’s most popular product make it a necessity for the people who are served by food banks. I hope others will follow our lead and contribute much needed food items, including peanut butter, to their local food relief organization.”

For more information on the Peanut Proud Festival, please visit http://www.peanutproudfestival.com. If you are unable to attend this event but wish to support Peanut Proud’s work, donations can be made online at http://www.peanutproud.com.

Peanut Butter for the Hungry (PB4H) is an initiative of the U.S. peanut industry that helps hungry and malnourished children and their families worldwide. PB4H is administered by the American Peanut Council and supports the manufacture and use of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), a simple but effective mixture of peanut paste, powdered milk, vitamins and minerals, in addition to the donation of shelf stable peanut butter to food banks throughout the United States. Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free and are a good source of protein, vitamin E, niacin, folate, phosphorus and magnesium.

Visit http://www.pb4h.org to learn more about Peanut Butter for the Hungry.

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