Spike in Peanut Butter Prices Hurting Food Shelves PDF Print Email
Written by Stephanie Ring   
Friday, December 02, 2011 04:57 PM

ANOKA, Minn. -- If you've been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed the price of peanut butter is on the rise.

That's because there's a shortage of peanuts this year.

Hot weather in the South has taken a toll on the peanut crop and local food shelves are feeling the pinch. The ACBC Food Shelf in Anoka usually gets its peanut butter from the larger food bank but the agency has had trouble keeping it in stock.

Food shelf organizers say peanut butter is a staple and a popular protein option for kids.

ACBC Manager Jerry Loughrey says, "We're averaging about 100 jars of peanut butter a day that we're handing out to clients, so this is a big issue when I can't get peanut butter."

Organizers say sometimes they have to buy peanut butter from other retail locations just to keep enough on hand. If you're planning to donate to a food shelf this holiday season, we're told peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit and diapers are items that are in demand.

For more information, check out the ACBC Food Shelf's website.

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