McDuffie County Farm Bureau recently joined Georgia Farm Bureau in donating $16,000 to the Peanut Butter for Haiti project, which is delivering peanut butter and peanut products to the citizens of Haiti affected by the January earthquake. The total donation will purchase 17,777 pounds of peanut butter that equal 248,888 servings.
As of Feb. 8, the project had shipped six truckloads or about 204,000 pounds of peanut butter to the Caribbean nation. Relief organizations including Operation Blessing, Food for the Poor, Feed the Children and Catholic Relief Services are distributing the peanut butter in Haiti.
"As farmers, our job is to feed and clothe the world, so we welcomed the opportunity to support this effort by donating $ 50.00, which will help feed the people of Haiti devastated by the earthquake," said J. Robert Farr, County Farm Bureau President.
"Peanut butter is a delicious, nutrient-rich food, high in protein and fiber that doesn't require refrigeration or cooking and is easy to ship and distribute. All of these traits make it an ideal food to send to the Haitian earthquake victims at this time."
Peanuts contain more than 30 of the essential nutrients the USDA recommends for a daily balanced diet including vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc.
Peanuts are also naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.
Georgia Farm Bureau contributed $5,090 of the donation and asked its 158 county offices to join it in supporting the cause. The organization's county offices responded by donating a total of $10,910.
"We're really excited to be part of this effort to help the people of Haiti recover," Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said.
"We appreciate all of the donations that our county Farm Bureaus contributed. Each donated dollar buys about one pound of peanut butter, which equals 14 servings. Their generosity shows that farmers are truly committed to feeding the world."
Early County 2055, a non-profit organization based in Blakely, Ga., initiated Peanut Butter for Haiti. The project expanded as numerous peanut organizations including the Georgia Peanut Commission, the National Peanut Buying Points Association, Birdsong Peanuts and Golden Peanut Company offered their support. The J.M. Smucker Company and John B. Sanfilippo & Sons have donated peanut butter to the project, and cash donations are being used to buy peanut butter at cost from Tara Foods and ConAgra.
Donations will be accepted through the end of March, which is National Peanut Month. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Early County 2055, Peanut Butter for Haiti, P.O. Box 725, Blakely, GA 39823. Checks should be made payable to Early County 2055 and designated Peanut Butter for Haiti.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.