Food bank receives large donation of peanut butter for National Peanut Month

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — March is National Peanut Month, and to celebrate, the Virginia Peanut Board and the Virginia Peanut Growers Association are donating jars of peanut butter to Virginia food banks.

As part of their donation, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will receive over 1,400 jars of peanut butter to give to those in need.

Abena Foreman-Trice, director of communications for the food bank, said peanut butter is an important staple they provide because it is great source of protein and can last long on the shelf.

"It's a very important donation to the food bank," Foreman-Trice said, "because it's one of the items that we list as a most needed food item whenever we talk to the public about ways that they can make donations and ways that they can help the individuals and families that we serve."

Foreman-Trice said when it comes to helping families, peanut butter is an easy way to get children the protein they need.

After the holidays, Foreman-Trice said the food bank tends to see a decline in donations, and they hope National Peanut Month will bring awareness to the food bank's need.

"It goes pretty quickly and that's why we do need a steady supply coming in," Foreman-Trice said. "We think people seek peanut butter because frankly it's tasty and it's easy. It's an easy source of protein to take in."

In addition to National Peanut Month, the food bank is also celebrating National Nutrition Month, and they are looking to see more donations of canned fruits and vegetables.