It is peanut butter and jelly time in Atlanta as 50 restaurants ban together in support of PB&J for Good, a 10-day fundraiser benefiting Stop Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), which runs through Saturday, October 25. Each participating restaurant is donating a percentage of sales from their one-of-a-kind peanut butter and jelly themed creations to Stop SAM. In turn, Stop SAM will use 100 percent of these funds to purchase Mother Administered Nutritive Aid (MANA) packets.
MANA packets, a form of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) produced in Fitzgerald, Georgia, contain a mixture of peanut paste and dry whole milk. According to Stop SAM, when these packets are administered three times daily for six to seven weeks they are 98 percent effective at returning children to a healthy and sustainable weight.
In five years, Stop SAM hopes to save one million children through fundraising and distribution of RUTF packets produced by MANA Nutrition. With $50, Stop SAM is able to provide a child suffering from SAM with a six-week treatment that can save his or her life.
The following peanut butter and jelly dishes are gluten free and help Atlanta’s restaurants raise money for Stop SAM. The offerings include sweets, sandwiches, milk shakes, and more:
· Atkin’s Park: Housemade PB&J ice cream without the shortbread cookie
· Bantam + Biddy (Ansley & Crescent): Organic whole milk yogurt with peanut butter, blackberry jelly, and chia seeds
· Farm Burger: Chocolate peanut butter milkshake made with Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream
· G’s Midtown: PB&J milkshake made with Three Olives vodka, creamy peanut butter, chopped boiled peanuts, grape jelly, and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and chopped peanuts
· Gunshow: Slow-roasted pork belly with smoked peanut butter, pickled apples, and celery – call to see if it is on the menu.
· King of Pops: PB&J Popsicle – rumor has it this flavor may be added to their regular offerings.
· MAX’s Wine Dive: PB&J wings with a Thai peanut sauce and blackberry coulis – can be prepared gluten free, so specify a gluten intolerance when ordering. Max’s has a dedicated gluten-free fryer, utensils, ingredients, and safe handling procedures.
· Café at Parish: Peanut panini with green peanut hummus, prosciutto, local tomato jelly, and arugula on Udi’s Gluten Free bread. The sandwich can be grilled instead of prepared on the panini press, which isn’t dedicated solely for gluten-free food.
· The Bishop: PB&J Monte Cristo – can be served on Pure Knead’s gluten-free bread
· The Spence: Milk chocolate ganache with peanut brittle, peanut butter powder, and celery sorbet
· Wahoo! Grill: Georgia coastal shrimp with rice noodles, local vegetables, spicy toasted peanut sauce, and ginger lime jam
Let these peanut butter and jelly dishes transport you to favorable childhood memories and contribute to a great cause.