Drought conditions over the last two years in Texas and Georgia have reduced the peanut yield, making products like peanut butter scarce. Because of this, prices are rising and food banks around the nation are suffering because of it. Good news, however, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Georgia is doing just fine.
"Fortunately with our partnership with Tara Foods, we are able to have the peanut butter to meet the needs of the community," says Food Bank Director Jim Case.
Tara Foods just donated 35,000 pounds to the local food bank. Second Harvest isn't getting much in the way of publicly donated peanut butter since the cost is nearly $5 a jar. Breaking that down, per ton, the cost used to be $524. That's risen to $1,200 a ton.
"Cause it's a high demand item. It truly is a high demand item with the protein it serves and it's easy to serve," says Case.
And the reason why it's such a popular item is because it tastes great and it's good for you, rich in vitamin E, which actually reduces the risk of cancer.
"Magnesium, pholate, potassium, phosphorous, about 15% protein. On the opposite side, it's also 71% fat," says Phoebe Putney's registered Dietitian Frank Heredeen.
The key is portion control and pairing it with other healthy foods.
"Put a tablespoon or two tablespoons on a couple slices of apple, that would be a good thing," says Heredeen.
Meanwhile, Jim Case at the food bank says that, while what they have now won't last them another quarter....
"As long as we have a great corporation like Tara, we're gonna be able to hopefully meet the need here and in the future."