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A Successful Peanut Butter Event!

Thank you Levy County! as a result of donor generosity and partnerships with collection sites throughout the county, we were able to provide more than 1,300 pounds of peanut butter to local pantries!

“In our first year, Levy County finished 1st in the NE District collecting 1131 jars weighing 1305.4 pounds reported Mark W. Warren, Row Crop Agent, Levy Extension. ” Each year this event is held between October 1 and Thanksgiving. The products collected are remain locally and divided among several charitable organizations to be distributed to local families. We are both proud and thankful for the support provided by our communities and we are already planning to crank up our game for next year.”

High Demand for Food Assistance 

Each jar collected in Levy County remains in Levy County. The peanut butter collected in Levy County will be distributed through food banks in Levy County this December. To date, two food banks have been vetted: Children’s Table and Cedar Key Food Pantry. Each jar collected is also counted for a percentage match thanks to the partnership with Florida Peanut Producers Association and Florida Peanut Federation. That percentage match will go our neighbors in Escambia County.   

“During challenging economic times, the nonprofits, civic organizations, and faith community find their groups serving in the gap that would otherwise leave a family with empty plates” states Dr. Rachel Pienta, 4-H Youth Development Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Wakulla County. 

Local Economics
For Florida, Levy County ranks 2nd or 3rd each year in acres of peanut production and harvests the earliest peanuts in the nation. According to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, gross peanut sales of in Levy County totaled over $12M.

Thank YOU Levy County, Florida – we did it!  Like this ‘good news’ blog post? PLEASE share with family and friends. Until next time – Spread Joy. 

Originally published November 24. 2020, updated January 15, 2021.

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    • Welcome. The 2021 Peanut Butter Challenge is underway. Drop off unopened jars of peanut butter at UF/IFAS Extension Levy County, 625 North Hathaway Avenue, Bronson. We will be collecting until November 18, 2021!