2011-06-29 / Front Page

“Giving Back” to help storm victims



Peanut industry representatives pause for photo with pallet of peanut butter being loaded on truck for delivery to tornado ravaged communities. Peanut industry representatives pause for photo with pallet of peanut butter being loaded on truck for delivery to tornado ravaged communities. In the wake of April’s deadly tornadoes which swept through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, emails and calls from peanut organizations everywhere came flooding in asking, “What can we do?”

On May 5, within a week of the storms Peanut Proud, the humanitarian organization representing the U.S. peanut industry, had volunteers in Smithville, Miss., and the storm-ravaged communities of Hackleburg, Russellville and Hamilton, Ala., delivering 16,000 jars of peanut butter, 17,000 bottles of water along with toothbrushes and tooth paste donate by Brooks Dental Clinic in Blakely and Doctors Lane and Grimsley in Colquitt.

Project Giving Back

“The peanut industry is stepping up to the challenge,” stated Lea Jean Manry, president of Peanut Proud and an administrative assistant at Birdsong Peanuts in Blakely. “Another trip to deliver additional peanut butter to distribution centers in Mississippi and Alabama is scheduled in early July.”

The total value in cash, peanut butter products, supplies and trucking donated to the tornado relief effort was over $168,000 as of June 24.

Early Trucking Company and Southern Ag Carriers has donated the trucking needed to get the relief supplies delivered to the disaster areas.

Following the initial trip, Peanut Proud was back in Smithville and Hackleburg along with the storm ravaged areas of Cullman and Jasper, Ala., May 12 and 13 delivering over 22,000 jars of peanut butter, roasted nuts and 1,175 backpacks filled with peanut snacks and school supplies

Several days later they were delivering over 8,600 jars of peanut butter, roasted nuts and 700 backpacks in the storm torn communities of Ringgold and Griffin, Ga.

The peanut industry responded again when another deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo., and Grove Park, Okla., May 22. The next week Peanut Proud was in the Midwest delivering over 20,000 jars of peanut butter, roasted nuts and 700 backpacks to distribution centers in those disaster areas.

In addition to delivering peanut butter, water and supplies, industry volunteers making the trips also served grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the distribution centers.

Plans are also underway for a “cleanup day” for volunteers to lend a helping hand in the storm-ravaged area.

Visit www.earlycountynews.com to watch a moving video about Peanut Proud’s humanitarian efforts and a glimpse of the devastation left by the storms.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Peanut Proud storm relief effort can be made to: Peanut Proud, Inc., Project Giving Back. Attn: Chuck Hancock, P.O. Box 446, Blakely, GA 39823.

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