Peanut Butter for the Hungry: Providing resources to malnourished children in the U.S. – and beyond

Peanut butter jarPeanut Butter for the Hungry (PB4H) is an initiative of the U.S. peanut industry to help malnourished children in areas where resources are limited. Created by the American Peanut Council (APC), staff donate their time to the program at no cost, and more than 90 per cent of administrative fees are paid for by the peanut industry. They work with growers, shellers, manufacturers, and other partners to purchase and deliver peanut butter to food pantries across the southeastern U.S. PB4H also works with global partners to encourage the use of peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) globally. These energy-dense, formulated foods are designed to combat severe acute malnutrition, which in most cases, can save a child from starvation within six weeks.

Some of the PB4H initiatives include PB&J Spreading Parties, Peanut Butter Drives for Haiti, and various student-led drives across the U.S. for malnourished children.

Did you know: Peanuts are one of the most requested items by food banks across the U.S. and Canada; it is shelf-stable and an economical source of protein to help keep hunger at bay.

Want to get involved? Retailers can host an in-store peanut butter drive or encourage shoppers to donate PB to their local food banks; you can also donate to PB4H online.

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