2017-03-15 / Community

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

It is Peanut Butter and Jelly time throughout schools systems in Southwest Georgia. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Gary W. Black are excited to announce the celebration of the National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on March 15, 2017. The day will revolve around the education of students on one of Georgia’s top commodities, peanuts.

“We will be doing cross-promotion with peanut and dairy farmers because there is no greater pair than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of ice cold milk,” says Andy Harrison, director of Commodities Promotion. “The celebration bonds two of Georgia’s major farm commodities, dairy and peanuts, which are both vital in overall nutrition.”

Cafeteria promotions will feature a peanut driven menu, and celebrity readers will be encouraged to read Janet Nolan’s, “PB&J Hooray!” to elementary students. Georgia’s peanut farmers will be highlighted in class lessons to strengthen the connection from peanuts traveling from the farm to their table.

The following seven county school systems are participating in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Day celebration: Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole and Worth. There are 45 districts within these counties who will be educating over 25,000 students on the locally grown commodity.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is promoting National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day as a pilot program to begin highlighting the regions that house Georgia’s top producing commodities.

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