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March 14, 2013
Contact: Leslie Van Horn Federation of Virginia Food Banks Office: 757.314.4572 Cell: 757.580.8771
Dell Cotton Virginia Peanut Growers Association Office: 757.562.4103

(NORFOLK – Mar 13, 2013) --- To celebrate National Peanut Month in March, Virginia’s peanut farmers are teaming up with the Planters business to donate four pallets of peanut butter to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America. The seven  Food Banks across the Commonwealth of Virginia will receive a total of 5,760 jars of Planters peanut butter.

National Peanut Month is an opportunity to recognize the versatility of the humble peanut. From Virginia’s famous gourmet peanuts to peanut butter, a diverse variety of products are made from peanuts or use them as an ingredient. This is mainly due to the important nutritional attributes that peanuts provide. A peanut butter sandwich, so simple to make, is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, folate and other benefits for the body.

Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks stated: “Over the years, our peanut farmers and the industry in our state have provided us access to a commodity item that is so nutritionally beneficial to every individual we serve. Over the last few years, many of the food banks across the state have had to rely on the generosity of the community to restock their shelves with peanut butter due to the rise in cost. This donation comes at the perfect time, when our shelves are pretty bare - our heartfelt thanks to Virginia’s peanut farmers and Planters for helping us fill the gap.”

Dell Cotton, Executive Director of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association, added: “ I hope this contribution from our farmers and Planters will challenge others to give at a time when our Food Banks need some help. Peanut butter is on their list of needed items, and is a product that can help supply many meals to those in need.”

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