When tornados ripped through the southeast last week, many small farming towns were devastated.
Southwest Georgia's Peanut Proud organization is stepping in to help them. Wednesday, they loaded an 18 wheeler with peanut butter and water for rural communities that haven't gotten a lot of help.
Forklifts in Albany were pressed into service. This is who they're working for Smithville, Mississippi, which was nearly flattened when the storms rolled through last week. Pallets of peanut butter from Tara Foods warehouse were loaded this morning and are on their way.
"Smithville, Mississippi first and then on to Alabama to distribution centers in Hamilton, Cordova and Russellville," said LeaJean Manry, Peanut Proud's president.
Peanut Proud, a group of peanut industry businesses, wants to take on more humanitarian efforts like this.
"We had to do something, we have a great industry the peanut industry, we have the capabilities of helping," said Ashley Mock, Early Trucking Company.
So when they got the call from Smithville, they immediately started calling their partners.
"That's all it took to get us started networking the logistics of making this happen," said Manry.
Tara Foods and Kroger donated 12 pallets of peanut butter and Nantze Springs donated pallets of water. Local dentists also pitched in to send personal items.
"I called several local dentists offices, Colquitt Dental in Miller County, Colquitt, Georgia, Dr.Chase and Pascal Brooks in Blakely Georgia. They were willing to donate tooth brushes, toothpaste," said Mock.
All to help neighbors who they know are in desperate need.
Peanut Proud isn't finished. They adopted two schools in Smithville, Mississippi and Hackleburg, Alabama. Next week, they plan to send another truck with backpacks filled with school supplies and peanut products. @
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