Local Food Banks Say Their Food is Safe

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9
MIDLAND - Local food banks like the Salvation Army and Helping Hands of Midland aren't taking any chances.

"We do stock peanut butter. We buy our peanut butter from the West Texas Food Bank. However, all that food is USDA inspected," Mary Hardin with Helping Hands of Midland, said.

"We don't receive a lot of donations with products made of peanut butter like cookies, cakes, and things like that , but we do receive real peanut butter in the jar and we usually purchase that ourselves," Major Carl Hughes with the Salvation Army, said.

Food banks have been keeping a close eye on all peanut products that pass through their doors.

"I will not hand them out until they get approved," Hardin said.

Despite the peanut product recall, both Helping Hands of Midland and Salvation Army say they still need donations.

"We always accept donations of any kind. Anything that's donated will save us that much more money than having to buy it," Hardin said.