Pigskin and peanut butter came together Monday afternoon at Portal High as Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall presented a pallet of the product to the school’s football program in recognition of September being Hunger Action Month and to help supplement the team’s practice and weight training efforts.
PMHS Principal Shawn Haralson, Head Football Coach Dave NeSmith and student athletes were on hand to receive the donation during a special ceremony held at the school. The 18-ounce jars of peanut butter were made from Georgia-grown peanuts processed by the American Blanching Company in Fitzgerald, Ga.
Duvall said “We’re doing this for three reasons. It’s important to give back to your community, Georgia Farm Bureau plays a major role in FFA and Georgia high school athletics and sports programs, and we wanted to say thank you to this community that has been so good to agriculture.”
The peanut butter will be used to make sandwiches for the Portal High football teams during their football and weight training seasons. These athletes have a rigorous work out each day after school with up to four hours of weight training and on-field scrimmages that can burn from 175 to 205 calories per hour depending on the student’s weight. These student athletes need a protein-rich snack, like peanut butter, to help them maintain energy and proper weight.
According to the Georgia Peanut Commission, who had representatives present at today’s ceremony, Georgia is the leader in U.S. peanut production, growing 50 percent of the peanuts produced in the United States. Peanuts are cholesterol free, low in saturated fat.