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Georgia Celebrates National Peanut Month With Donations, Festival

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - March 14, 2014) - March is National Peanut Month and Georgia, the United States' number one peanut producing state, is celebrating the crop all month long.

As part of the annual PB&J Day, the Georgia Peanut Commission and Peanut Proud, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization of the U.S. peanut industry, will host a press conference at 10:30 am on Monday, March 17 at the Georgia State Capitol. They plan to highlight their recent donation of 18,720 jars of peanut butter, a retail value of $56,160, to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. All peanut butter donated is made from quality Georgia grown peanuts and processed at Tara Foods in Albany, GA. 

"Peanuts are Georgia's Official State Crop and the state boasts the largest share of peanut production in the U.S. at nearly 50 percent," says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. "Georgia's 3,500 peanut farmers contribute approximately $2 billion annually to the state and local economy."

In addition, on Saturday, March 22, Peanut Proud will host its 6th annual Peanut Proud Festival, a daylong event held in Blakely, GA that features a 5K race, live music, and local food and art vendors. This lively Festival, which expects to attract at least 8,000 people this year, pays respect to local peanut farmers and helps support Peanut Proud's ongoing activities. In 2013, they donated a record 210,500 jars of peanut butter to local food banks, churches, state extension service offices, and other groups in need.

For more information on PB&J Day, visit the Georgia Peanut Commission's website at www.gapeanuts.com; for information on the Peanut Proud Festival, please visit www.peanutproudfestival.com.

Peanut Butter for the Hungry is an initiative of the U.S. peanut industry to help severely malnourished children around the world. This initiative, which is administered by the American Peanut Council, 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 www.peanutbutterforthehungry.org to learn more about Peanut Butter for the Hungry.

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