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NBA star makes peanut butter challenge

Professional basketball star Shaquille O'Neal is a fan of peanut butter.

The seven-foot, one inch basketball standout made a surprise visit to the 2009 USA Peanut Congress that was held June 21-24 in Amelia Island, Fla. O'Neal is working with the Feed the Children organization to promote peanut butter donations to food banks. Feed the Children CEO and founder Larry Jones and "Shaq" discussed the organization's efforts to feed hungry children in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

O'Neal told the crowd of peanut industry representatives about how much he loves peanut butter and why he was promoting peanut butter donations.

Peanut butter has become one of the best food donation items because of its long shelf life and high nutritional value.

O'Neal kindly stood for photographs with everyone in attendance before going into a meeting with the APC Board of Directors and the APC Government Purchases Task Force where ways to increase donations of peanut butter to those most in need were discussed. Texas Peanut Producers Board Chairman Otis Lee Johnson of Seminole serves as the chairman of the APC's Export Division Board of Directors.

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