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America’s Peanut Farmers, Manufacturers Come Together to Fight Hunger, Support Food Bank For New York City


New York—March 4, 2009 - America’ s peanut farmers and more than a dozen major U.S. manufacturers and other peanut industry organizations came together today to announce their commitment to hunger relief by making an initial donation to the Food Bank For New York of $5,000 and six pallets of product — with more manufacturers and product to follow.

“We know that in tough economic times, especially, food banks across the country rely on peanuts and peanut-based products for the nutrition they can provide,” said Raffaela Marie Fenn, president and managing director of the National Peanut Board.  “We are making this donation to help replenish the Food Bank’s supply of peanut products following the recent recall.  Most peanut butters and peanut products have not been affected by the recall, making them safe to eat —and to donate.

“The Food Bank For New York City, which distributes food to more than 1,000 food assistance programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City, appreciates the generous support of America’s peanut farmers and these manufacturers,” said Dr. Lucy Cabrera, President & CEO, of the Food Bank For New York City.  “We are grateful to receive high protein, safe, nutritious foods, such as peanut butter and other peanut products, that help us feed the 1.3 million New Yorkers who access emergency food each year.”

Today’s press conference was held at Grand Central Terminal as part of the National Peanut Board’s open house event that gives New Yorkers the unique opportunity to meet and talk to peanut farmers about the recent product recalls; sample new and favorite peanut products; learn about the health benefits of peanuts; meet celebrity chefs and athletes and see an actual field of peanuts growing in the heart of Manhattan. The event is being held on Wed., March 4 and Thurs., March 5, 2009.

Companies/brands committing product to the program include Hampton Farms, Jif, KIND Snacks, Lance, Mars Snackfood US, MoonPie, Peanut Butter & Co., Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Planters Nut Company, Smithfield Foods/The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, Snyder’s of Hanover, Sunland, Inc and Virginia Diner.

About the National Peanut Board
The National Peanut Board is a farmer-funded, farmer driven program representing all USA peanut farmers and their families.  Through research, education and marketing initiatives, the Board works to improve efficiencies for peanut farmers and promotes the great taste, nutrition and culinary versatility of USA-grown peanuts.

About the Food Bank For New York City
 Food Bank For New York City recognizes 25 years as the city’s major provider of food to New Yorkers in need.  The organization works to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers through a range of programs and services that focus on food sourcing and distribution, education and nutrition, financial empowerment, disaster relief, policy and research.
 
Food Bank For New York City sources and distributes food to more than 1,000 food assistance programs, assisting the approximately 1.3 million New Yorkers who access emergency food. The Food Bank provides food safety, networking and capacity-building workshops; manages nutrition education programs for schools, after-school and emergency food programs; operates food stamp outreach and education programs; operates senior programs, a soup kitchen and food pantry; coordinates the largest civilian Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program in the country; and develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts to end food poverty throughout New York City.
For every dollar donated to the Food Bank, 96 cents goes toward food acquisition, distribution and programs. For additional information, visit foodbanknyc.org

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