Peanut Butter For the Hungry

What We Do

World hunger is real and likely affects your community, often in ways you can’t see. Even some people living in the wealthiest cities and suburbs don’t have enough nutritious food to eat and can’t rely on when or what their next meal will be.

The American Peanut Council created Peanut Butter for the Hungry (PB4H) as our way to help. The staff donates their time to the program at no cost. Over 90% of the administrative costs are paid for by the industry so that we can deliver food to help solve our world hunger crisis.

Peanut butter is a nutritious, versatile and economical source of food, whether for a great sandwich or some other meal. We work with growers, shellers manufacturers, and other partners to create peanut butter especially for use in food pantries throughout the U.S.

We also work with global partners to distribute peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic foods, also known as RUTFs. These energy dense, specially formulated foods are designed to combat severe acute malnutrition; most cases are cured within just six weeks’ time.

The videos below show how PB4H and our partners are fighting world hunger. We’ve also compiled reports from the United Nations, World Health Organization, and other agencies detailing the severity of hunger and malnutrition and the effectiveness of peanut butter and RUTFs in mitigating this crisis.

PB4H & Peanut Proud Donate to the Atlanta Community Food Bank

To help celebrate APC’s 75th anniversary, Peanut Butter for the Hungry teamed up with 501 (c) (3) organization Peanut Proud to deliver seven pallets of peanut butter to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This equates to 10,080 jars of nutritious peanut butter (retail value of $10,080) being donated to individuals and families in need.

PB&J Spreading Party in Atlanta: Delivers 2000+ Sandwiches to Action Ministries

Close to 40 volunteers representing the various facets of the U.S. peanut industry came together to make more than 2,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for those in need.

Peanuts for Haiti

Peanuts for Haiti, a joint APC, Edesia, MFK ProjectCheck out the work we're doing in Haiti.

Project Peanut Butter

Dr. Mark Manary, founder of the non-profit organization, Project Peanut Butter is trying to deliver peanut based Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to refugee camps in Somalia that are housing thousands of starving families during the unprecedented drought covering the Horn of Africa.

60 Minutes: Ready to Use Therapeutic Food

In 2007, Anderson Cooper, of the CBS news show 60 Minutes, reported on the nutritional breakthrough of ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF). As Mr. Cooper reported, RUTF is a ready-to-eat, vitamin-enriched concoction, with peanut butter as its base, may be the most important advance ever to cure and prevent malnutrition. (CBS) This segment was originally broadcast on Oct. 21, 2007. It was updated on June 20, 2008.

Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) (2024 Update)

Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti's malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. They accomplish their mission by developing, producing, and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). They make their food products in Haiti, using Haitian workers and, whenever possible, Haitian raw materials. Haitians call this RUTF “Medika Mamba” — or “Peanut Butter Medicine” in Creole.