Florida Farm Bureau Federation will contribute 120,960 jars of peanut butter to Florida food banks statewide to help families facing hunger due to the pandemic.
“We are proud to provide a non-perishable food item such as peanut butter to food-insecure families across Florida,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick. “This comes at a time when children are going back to school and peanut butter is a nutritious lunchtime staple.”
The shipments will be to Feeding Tampa Bay, Feeding Northeast Florida, Feeding the Gulf Coast, and Second Harvest of the Big Bend, covering 36 counties across the state.
“Protein is critical for the health of our families,” said Robin Safley, Executive Director of Feeding Florida. “This generous donation to our network is such a blessing. The need for food resources is twice as high as it was pre-pandemic, so nearly 121,000 jars of peanut butter will go a long way.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained hunger-relief efforts around the state, increasing the number of food insecure Floridians by 38%. The donation will help serve more than 3.8 million hungry Floridians, the latest projections due to the pandemic
In Florida, there are approximately 7,500 peanut farmers and the annual production value of peanuts is $145 million. More than 670 million pounds of peanuts are grown annually in the Suwannee Valley and the Panhandle.