MILTON — Help feed the hungry in Santa Rosa County this fall by donating unopened jars of peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, through the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Santa Rosa County until Nov. 22.

"We hope to surpass our total from last year, which was 2045.9 pounds of peanut butter in 1049 jars," Santa Rosa County extension agent Chris Verlinde said.

Since 2012, volunteers and UF/IFAS Extension faculty have collected jars of peanut butter from residents, volunteer groups and businesses in 16 northwest Florida counties. The Santa Rosa County drop off locations include:


UF/IFAS County Extension offices in Milton, Jay and the South Annex Master Gardener office
Santa Rosa County offices, libraries and tax collector
United Bank locations in Pace, Milton and Jay
Lowes stores in Pace and Gulf Breeze
UF Milton and Pensacola State College
City of Milton
St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Milton

"We provide the collected peanut butter to local food pantries. Peanut butter is frequently requested by these organizations, as it is a healthy protein-rich food source," Santa Rosa County extension agent Mary Salinas said.

Contact Mary Salinas at 623-3868 or Chris Verlinde at 623-3868 to get involved.