2014 Peanut Butter Challenge in Santa Rosa County takes a bite out of hunger

Published on December 16, 2014 with No Comments

UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension partnered with many Friends of Extension to collect 2,259 pounds of peanut butter in 1,477 jars to donate to food pantries in Santa Rosa County. The response was great, with civic and faith-based organizations contributing along with local businesses, individuals, schools and all county offices including libraries. Collection for the Peanut Butter Challenge began in early October and concluded on November 21.

Recipients of the peanut butter were Bay Area Food Bank, Family Resource of Santa Rosa County and the food pantries at Eastside Baptist Church, First Baptist Milton, Avalon Baptist, First Baptist Bagdad, First United Methodist Church Milton and Christ United Methodist Church.

Entities and businesses that donated peanut butter or served as collection points were Santa Rosa County, the City of Milton, all five county libraries, Navy Federal Credit Union, 4-H Advisory Council, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Aktion Club at ARC Santa Rosa, Jay Elementary and High School, Central High School, Lowe’s in Pace and Gulf Breeze, Pace Rotary Club, West Florida Research and Education Center, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Winn-Dixie, and United Bank in Jay, Pace and Milton.

The Peanut Butter Challenge is an annual project of UF/IFAS Extension in the Florida panhandle and the Florida Peanut Producers Association. All county Extension offices in the panhandle collect donations of peanut butter to help fill the needs of the hungry in our area. In addition, the Florida Peanut Producers Association donates a pallet of peanut butter that is divided amongst the counties in the panhandle.

The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school. Keep children eating locally grown peanuts in healthy, nutritious and yummy peanut butter.

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