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Peanut butter

There's still time to meet the challenge!

UF/IFAS Extension offices in the panhandle compete in the Peanut Butter Challenge

Want to help feed the hungry in Florida’s panhandle? Donate unopened jars of peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by UF/IFAS Extension offices through Nov. 27:
  • UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County office located at 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Any Santa Rosa County Library – Milton, Pace, Jay, Navarre and Gulf Breeze
“Last year, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa collected 751 jars of peanut butter (1131 pounds) and all of it went to local food programs that serve county residents. Help us beat those numbers and collect a ton of peanut butter this year!” said Chris Verlinde, SeaGrant agent.

Since 2012, the Peanut Butter Challenge has collected thousands of jars of peanut butter from residents, volunteer groups and businesses in 16 northwest Florida counties. The Florida Peanut Producers Association and Florida Peanut Federation generously contribute pallets of peanut butter every year.

 “The Peanut Butter Challenge not only raises awareness about the important contribution of north Florida’s peanut growers to the state peanut industry, but also helps provide a healthy, locally produced product to food-insecure families in northwest Florida,” said Libbie Johnson, agriculture agent for UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County and co-organizer of the challenge.
For any inquiries or promotional materials to assist with the challenge, contact Mary Salinas, 850-623-3868 or or Chris Verlinde, 850-623-3868 or

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