Over 15,000 pounds of peanut butter was collected during a food drive organized by the Texas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB), Western Peanut Growers Association (WPGA) and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce to help replenish depleted food banks in South Texas.

Destructive hurricanes that have hit the Texas Gulf Coast this year have left empty shelves in the region's food banks.

Sunland, Inc., generously donated the first 270 pounds of peanut butter to the drive, and the Hess Corporation donated 165 pounds. Those contributions combined with peanut butter taken up at collection points around Seminole totaled 450 pounds. Peanut butter was collected at West Texas National Bank, Commercial State Bank, First United Bank (Seminole and Seagraves locations), Whittenburg Insurance, Western Peanut Growers, the Gaines County Tax Assessor's Office, and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.

TPPB and WPGA together donated over 12,000 pounds of peanut butter. Two hundred pounds were collected through extra donations and another 3,000 pounds will be purchased from cash donations made to the drive.

“This is the perfect example of communities coming together to help fellow Texans,” said Shelly Nutt, TPPB executive director. “Peanut butter is the perfect food for donation, because it's nutritious, doesn't require cooking, can be eaten right out of the jar, and gives sustained energy.”

Area businesses such as Golden Peanuts and Amadas also made generous contributions to the peanut butter drive.

“We are so appreciative of all of those who went out of their way to support this food drive.”

Nutt said that although the peanut butter drive has ended, Texans should keep sending peanut butter donations to the food banks in their local communities across the state.