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Contact: Joy Crosby
Oct. 6, 2020
Georgia Peanut Bank Week celebrates peanut harvest Oct. 12-16, 2020
Georgia Peanut Commission and Georgia Bankers Association unite to promote peanuts
TIFTON, Ga – The Georgia Peanut Commission and Georgia Bankers Association will join forces Oct. 12-16, 2020, to promote the 44th annual Georgia Peanut Bank Week. Financial institutions and local banks across the state will offer a tribute to Georgia’s 4,500 peanut farm families and the sustainability they provide to Georgia’s state and local economies.
The 2020 theme, “Georgia Peanuts. The Superfood to Bank On!” will showcase the affordable and nutritious peanut. Recent research studies indicate and highlight regularly eating peanuts can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Individuals can reap these benefits by taking one daily ounce (about a handful) of peanuts or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
“We’re excited to continue Georgia Peanut Bank Week for the forty-fourth year and salute peanut farmers and the nutritional benefits of peanuts,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “This promotion is a great way to highlight all peanuts have to offer our communities across the state.”
The annual promotion will be taking place during an opportune time of the year: peanut harvest. In 2019, Georgia peanuts were planted on more than 660,000 acres throughout Georgia and accounted for 50 percent of peanut production in the United States. Peanuts were planted in 74 of Georgia’s 159 counties with an average yield of more than 4,200 pounds per acre.
The Georgia Peanut Commission urges everyone to stop by their local participating bank or financial institution during Georgia Peanut Bank Week to learn more about Georgia peanuts. For more information, visit the GPC website at www.gapeanuts.com.
For Immediate Release: Contact: Jessie Bland
Sept. 08, 2020 (229) 386-3472
Georgia Peanut Commission partners with
Atlanta Hawks Star Trae Young in donating peanut butter to Atlanta-area schools
TIFTON, Georgia – The Georgia Peanut Commission and the Trae Young Family Foundation partnered to donate 7,200 jars of Peanut Proud peanut butter to metro Atlanta school food pantries during the month of August. Peanut butter, one of the most-requested items among food banks, is one of Young’s favorite snacks he enjoys regularly to stay nourished and ready to play for the Atlanta Hawks. In his recently completed second season, Young was named an Eastern Conference All-Star and finished fourth in the NBA in scoring (29.6 points per game) and second in assists (9.3 assists per game).
The donation took place in cooperation with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Peanut Proud. Peanut Proud is a humanitarian organization within the U.S. peanut industry working to aid in domestic hunger relief and emergency disaster relief through the distribution of peanut butter. The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies with hunger relief programs throughout 29 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Eighteen schools throughout the metro Atlanta area will be utilized for school distributions allowing local families suffering from food insecurity greater access to nutritious meals.
“There are so many people in need of quality meals right now with school starting and the pandemic impacting how all of us live our lives,” Young said. “I am thankful to be working with a great organization in Peanut Proud to help supply families with a nutritious food option during these tough times.”
The Georgia Peanut Commission conducts programs in the areas of research, promotion and education on behalf of the state’s 4,500 peanut farm families, who grow 50 percent of the peanuts in the United States.
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Peanuts are the official state crop and peanut butter is the No. 1 product made from Georgia peanuts. Packed with seven grams of energy-boasting protein per serving, as well as more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients, peanuts are considered a Superfood; making peanut butter a nutrient-dense option for growing children.
“As peanut farmers, we are proud to grow a safe and nutritious product, as well as share that product with others who may not have access to enough nutritious meals,” Joe Boddiford, Promotion Committee chairman for the Georgia Peanut Commission said. “Peanut butter’s health benefits support a healthy and active lifestyle for all ages.”
The most recent Hunger in America report by the Atlanta Community Food Bank estimated that 755,400 people in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. This includes more than 164,000 children.
“We are so thankful to the Georgia Peanut Commission for their generous donation that will greatly assist our mobile school pantry distributions. These distributions are vitally important in ensuring children in our community receive much needed, shelf-stable necessities, like peanut butter,” Shana Watts, Atlanta Community Food Bank food sourcing specialist said.
To learn more about donating peanut butter to those in need, as well as the activities of the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit www.gapeanuts.com.
About Trae Young Family Foundation:
Founded in 2019, The Trae Young Family Foundation was formed with the goals of continuing education for Mental Health problems, particularly Cyber and Social Media Bullying. Children and adults on a daily basis deal with depression, anxiety, PTSD among other issues that are caused by cyber and social media bullying. With continued education and research, The Trae Young Family Foundation will inspire and help make a positive impact to all children and adults from all walks of life who suffer from mental health problems.
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