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PB on the way to Haiti

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The peanut industry in South Georgia is sending millions of servings of peanut butter to Haiti. For many of us,  Peanut Butter is a pantry staple. But it's more than a good tasting snack food, it's also nutritious.

That's one of the reasons south Georgians want to send it to feed those who have little food available.

In the land of plenty, tonight there are thoughts of those without any.  "I'm so saddened to look at a country that already had nothing and for their nothing to be destroyed the way it has," said Don Koehler, Executive Director of the Peanut Commission.

That's why the peanut industry is stepping in, sending truck loads of peanut butter to earthquake ravaged Haiti.  Koehler said, "We've got an industry effort now to get a lot of Peanut Butter to Haiti."

Don Koehler is the Executive Director of the Peanut Commission. He says there have been stories of survival from Haiti directly linked to the powerful food.  He said, "One of the people who was in a supermarket when the supermarket collapsed in the first quake was more than a week when they rescued them, but he was in the peanut butter aisle and he came out in relatively good shape and he said it's because he had peanut butter to eat."

Now, the peanut industry is working to make sure others have the, calorie and protein packed food. Tyron Spearman said, "They need something nutritious, they need something you don't have to refrigerate, you don't have to have electricity. We've got the product, we've got a lot of it and we can send it."

Three million servings and counting.  Spearman said, "We're just proud of all the farmers in the industry working together on this Haiti problem that we have right now. We're going to try our best to send more Peanut Butter over there."

Taking a pantry staple to help stabilize the people of Haiti. More than $70,000 in cash and $35,000 worth of peanut butter has been donated to the project.

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