It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a week since the devastating tornadoes in Shawnee and Moore, Oklahoma. The Red Cross and other support groups are doing a fantastic job of helping victims of the disaster. America’s peanut farmers and the entire peanut industry want to help as well.

Last week, the National Peanut Board made a donation of $10,000 to Peanut Proud, a non-profit organization established to help people in need throughout the year and in times of disaster by providing donations of peanut butter to food banks and emergency management organizations. Peanut butter is often the most-requested item by food banks nationwide because it’s shelf stable, ready-to-eat and nutrient dense.

“The hearts and prayers of everyone in the peanut industry are with the people of Oklahoma,” said Gregg Grimsley, Peanut Proud president. “Due to the outpouring of support from peanut and agricultural organizations and individuals who have donated to the disaster relief, we expect to deliver more than 60,000 jars of peanut butter and peanut products to Oklahoma families in these hard-hit areas.” Individuals can contribute to Peanut Proud’s Oklahoma relief campaign at www.PeanutProud.com.

The first donations were delivered earlier this week and Peanut Proud plans to send additional peanut products and other supplies later this week. National Peanut Board delegate for Oklahoma Gayle White was on-site for the first donation delivery. “I live in Frederick, Oklahoma, which is about 120 miles from the tornado areas. The communities of Shawnee and Moore have been devastated and we hope that the outpouring of donations from Peanut Proud will help them get through this difficult time.”

Here are some of the other organizations that have made donations on behalf of America’s peanut farmers, processors, manufacturers and retailers: Alabama Peanut Producers Association, American Blanching, American Peanut Council, American Peanut Shellers Association, B&G Seed Processors, Clint Williams Company, Damascus Peanut Company, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Georgia Federal State Inspection Service, Georgia Peanut Commission, Kroger, Lineage/Flint River Services, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association, National Peanut Board, National Peanut Buying Points Association, Sanfillipo & Son, Southern Ag Carriers, Texas Peanut Producers Board and Virginia-Carolina Peanut Promotions.

Header image:  Local Oklahoma FFA students welcomed the first delivery of Peanut Proud peanut butter on May 27. The students will help distribute the peanut butter in their community. They were joined by Mike Kubicek of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission (back row second from right), Joe D. White of OPC (far right), Gayle White of the National Peanut Board (third from right) and a representative from Southern Ag Carriers (front center).