Peanut Producers donate peanut butter to local food banks

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Peanut Producers Association is helping feed the less fortunate by donating peanut butter to food banks across the state.

As well, peanut farmers are taking this opportunity to spread the message that their peanuts are safe fighting the negative image from last year's salmonella scare.

Many food banks across the country are struggling to stock their shelves with more unemployed people needing help.

To do their part the Alabama Peanut Producers Association is donating 3,000 jars of peanut butter to the wiregrass food bank.

"This donation is really special because it comes from our farmers, and it helping us here in the wiregrass as well as people throughout the state," says David Hanks of the Wiregrass Food Bank.

As well, peanut farmers are also using this donation to fight a negative image peanuts gained during the nationwide salmonella scare.

"With what's happened in the peanut industry over the last year we needed some positive publicity," says Carl Sanders of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association.

Every jar of the peanut butter contains peanuts grown locally in the wiregrass, and peanut farmers say this is a great way to showcase that their product is safe.

"We have a very good product, we believe in it and we want people to know that it's good for you," says Sanders.

A total of 25,000 jars are being donated to food banks statewide.

Fifty percent of the peanuts grown in the state are used in peanut butter.

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