JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – More than 100 million pounds of peanuts are grown in Jackson County each year. The local 4-H decided to use these peanuts to help both farmers and those in need, by organizing a peanut butter drive.
While the event isn’t new to Jackson County, Friday 4-H hosted the very first Peanut Butter Challenge launch event. Sheriff Donnie Edenfield was the guest of honor at the ceremony and dropped the first jar of peanut butter into the donation box.
4-H Youth Development Officer Caroline Chappell tells us that peanut butter is packed with nutrients and makes a good staple for those who need it. She said over 1,000 pounds of peanut butter was donated last year in this challenge, so they are hoping to get over 2,000 pounds this year.
“The mission of the Peanut Butter Challenge is really to connect our farmers, who are pillars of our community, with our neighbors here in Jackson County who need support from local food banks, so we buy peanut butter. and donate it so that we can increase the demand and peanut butter is also a staple, ”said Chappell.
Although this event has been around for many years, a new member of 4-H says she is thrilled to be a part of it.
“I’m really excited, it’s awesome,” said Horticultural Officer Ashley Kush. “I’m new here in the community and I think it’s a great way to meet other people and really help and show what we can do for them.”
Donations of peanut butter can be sent to UF IFAS Extension Jackson County at 2741 Penn Ave. Suite 3 to Marianna.
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