Peanut Proud, Inc. of Blakely and the National Peanut Buying Points Association and others have pledged support for the new MANA plant in Fitzgerald and want to help secure its future in providing a special formula peanut butter for nutritional packets to save starving children around the world.
Already, USDA has ordered $4.4 million of product that will provide a nutritious packet to 70,000 starving kids.
Tyron Spearman of The Spearman Agency and Mr. Peanut himself stated, “We’ve been working for years to get USDA to approve a peanut butter nutrition formula for the U.S. Aid program. We’ve always wanted the government to give product, not money that just gets lost, especially when you have excess product. Recently, USDA purchased $4.4 million in peanut butter formula for the U.S. AID Food for Peace program. We just want the MANA plant to be able to continue to compete against other nutrition products ordered by the government.
“I think this is the new frontier for expansion in the peanut industry. World population is expected to double by 2050 and that means more opportunities for peanuts and peanut butter. Maybe our farmers will plant more next season and we’ll have plenty next year.”
The problem is that the drought and the short peanut crop have caused peanut prices to skyrocket, making it difficult to buy raw shelled peanuts in the market for making the nutritious Ready to Use Therapeutic (RUTF) peanut butter. These higher prices make it difficult to be competitive with other formula products that USDA purchases.
Some of the industry leaders are concerned these factors could keep the new ultramodern MANA plant from maximizing opportunities to produce this life-saving formula. This has happened at a time when the peanut leadership has been working for years trying to expand this segment of the peanut market. Leaders say they know they have the right product for the right time with the right nutrition to save lives.
The group is are asking farmers and businesses involved in peanuts to donate one ton of peanuts or the equivalent ($550). One ton of farmer stock peanuts can be converted into 1,300 pounds of shelled peanuts to be used to make the fortified nutritious peanut butter. The rest is oil stock, sticks and hulls. One ton will help save about 300 children. These tons or money will help insure that the new factory in Fitzgerald will continue operating and saving starving children around the world.
Some shellers have agreed to accept the donated farmer stock peanuts, deduct the value of one ton from a 1007 and reserve your peanuts for MANA. Most shellers have agreed to shell, grade, test and deliver all the donated farmer one tons as shelled kernels to the American Blanching Company in Fitzgerald at the end of the season so the peanuts can be roasted and made into peanut paste for MANA.
From donations, Birdsong Peanuts has agreed to sell to the MANA project up to 200 tons for $550 per ton. The costs of handling, shelling, testing and delivery will be donated by Birdsong Peanuts. Many buying points have already sent in a check to purchase one ton of farmer stock peanuts. This is a discounted price up to 200 tons. However, Birdsong Peanuts has agreed to provide free handling, shelling, testing and delivery of up to 500 tons if enough money is donated to purchase more peanuts.
For farmers and businesses who do not have peanuts to donate, consider donating at least the value of one ton of farmer stock peanuts for $550 per ton. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31. Mail a check for $550 or more to Peanut Proud, c/o MANA Challenge, P. O. Box 446, Blakely, Ga. 39823.
In a year, when getting peanuts for this great cause might be impossible, we believe that miracles can happen and peanut farmers and the industry are the only ones that can insure a supply of peanuts to help save lives. Contributing to the MANA factory in this way will help keep the humanitarian goodness alive for the peanut industry for years to come.
Peanut Proud, Inc. agrees to handle these donations to MANA as a 501(c)3 tax deductible gift. A farmer donating a ton of peanuts can check with the local CPA and can deduct the value of the peanuts. Some indicate that the National Posted Price might be used as the deduction value for farmer stock peanuts donated from the farm. Check with your CPA.
See your buying point manager about donating a ton or mail your check to Peanut Proud for $550 for one ton of peanuts to MANA Challenge, P.O. Box 446, Blakely, Ga. 39823. You will receive an acknowledgment letter. Make this one of your Christmas gifts this holiday season.
For more information, contact Spearman at 382-3376 or Sally Wells at 400-1121.