Days Left to Participate in 2023 Peanut Butter Challenge

Only days left to drop off your peanut butter for our October Peanut Butter Drive!

Spread the word and the peanut butter. Join UF/IFAS County Extension Offices around Florida along with Florida A&M University, the Florida Peanut Producers Association and the Florida Peanut Federation to help take a bite out of hunger by participating in a local peanut butter drive. 

Peanut Butter Challenge poster with picture of boy eating a peanut butter sandwichWe are competing against other Florida Counties for the most jars of peanut butter donated. Participate and help make your County a winner. The Florida Peanut Producers Association and the Florida Peanut Federation match donation. Bring unopened jars of peanut butter to one of the below drop-off locations during the month of October. All peanut butter collected will be donated to local food pantries to help feed families in need during Farm-City Week.

Peanuts are grown on an estimated 185,000 acres in Florida with Okaloosa County growing almost 3,000 acres. The two largest peanut producing counties in Northwest Florida are Jackson County with almost 40,000 acres and Santa Rosa County with more than 20,000 acres.

Ten states grow 99% of the U.S. peanut crop: Georgia, which grows about 42% of all U. S. peanuts, followed by Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The southeast is the largest peanut production region, with Florida producing approximately 9% of the total national crop.

The majority of peanuts grown in Florida are dried, shelled and processed into peanut butter, roasted nuts, candy or other products. But for those that enjoy boiled peanuts, we do have some fresh market peanuts, also referred to as “green” or “boiling” peanuts sold this time of year as peanuts are being harvested.

According to the Florida Peanut Producers Association (, peanuts are the 12th most valuable cash crop grown in the U.S. with a farm value of over one billion dollars. Americans eat more than six pounds of peanut products each year, worth more than $2 billion at the retail level.

Keep children eating locally grown peanuts in healthy, nutritious and yummy peanut butter by donating jars of peanut butter.

Drop-off locations include:

  • The UF/IFAS Extension Office in your County
  • Okaloosa County Extension Office
    3098 Airport Road in Crestview
    Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Okaloosa County Farm Bureau Office
    921 West James Lee Blvd. (Hwy. 90) in Crestview
    Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Okaloosa County Administrative Building
    1250 Eglin Parkway in Shalimar

Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the Peanut Butter Challenge, contact the Okaloosa County Extension Office at (850) 689-5850.






Posted: October 26, 2023


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