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2019 WSNA Recipe Contest

Monday, 10 December 2018 Blog & News

Enter your favorite Washington potato recipe for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the 2019 Washington School Nutrition Association conference in Spokane! Recipe Guidelines: Recipes must feature a potato item. Recipes must be written in 12-portion yield format and meet current USDA requirements. Be sure to include a serving size suggestion, cooking temperature, and all...

Potato News and Nutrition

Friday, 09 November 2018 Blog & News

When taking a closer look at a russet potato you’ll find that they are packed with fiber, potassium, protein, vitamin C, antioxidants and more! Another big health bonus for this versatile vegetable is the fact that they contain no fat, cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, or sodium. Potatoes are also gluten-free and contain more potassium than a banana. Without a doubt, potatoes are a...

River Fest 2018

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 Blog & News

September 8, 2018

Columbia Park, Kennewick, WA This upcoming September 8th hop in the car and head to Columbia Park in Kennewick for one last summer road trip. Take your kids to a fun and education filled event at Riverfest 2018! Riverfest 2018 helps to educate parents and kids on how navigation, irrigation and power help run the dams that are so important to our agriculture process. There will be plenty of...

WSPC Visits the Apple Cup

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 Blog & News

WSPC Commissioners and staff members had a blast, serving FREE baked potatoes in the Field House at the 2018 Apple Cup! The hungry crowds loved our product and were able to head over to the game with warm full bellies on the snowy evening. Over 1,700 baked potatoes to the excited game-goers. While collecting their free baked potatoes, fans also had the opportunity to donate to Second Harvest...

2018 Potato Art Show

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 Blog & News

Don’t forget to stop by the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center for the Reheated: Baked, Mashed or Fried Potato Art Show. This gallery is a revamp from the museum’s previous annual potato art show “Baked, Mashed or Fried”. All entries are original or a recreation of famous artwork in a potato theme. Several art pieces are available for purchase. This year the $500 “Golden Potato...

Western Food Service Show

Thursday, 30 August 2018 Blog & News

This week, WSPC staff traveled to Los Angeles, California for the Western Food Service and Hospitality Expo. The three-day convention featured everything from healthy foods to coffee. Staff members were able to speak with chefs, distributors, restaurant owners, school system employees, and TV show hosts. WSPC staff passed out free potato peelers, recipes, and information to over 6,000 people!...

CB Tech Holds Fourth Annual Potato Day

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 Blog & News

Last week, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center (CB Tech) located in Moses Lake held their fourth annual “Potato Day". CB Tech provides a hands-on learning experience for high school students with various technical skills and serves mainly Junior and Senior students from 11 school districts in the Basin. This year Potato Day was extended into a 3-day event. Approximately 1,600 fifth grade...

French Fry Nutrition

Monday, 08 October 2018 Blog & News

French Fries often get a bad reputation and are labeled as non-nutritious food. We are here today to prove that reputation wrong! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, French Fried potatoes can be apart of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. Just like any other form of potatoes, French fries deliver important nutrients like fiber and potassium. Frying does not diminish the fiber...

WSNA 2018

Monday, 13 August 2018 Blog & News

Last week, school meal program employees gathered at the Tacoma Convention Center to attend the annual Washington School Nutrition Association Conference. This event allows attendees to participate in nutritional classes and learn about new products that can be incorporated into school meal menus! WSPC staff had the opportunity to speak with attendees from across the state and share information...
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Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

As America’s Favorite Vegetable, potatoes can help provide students with the nutrients and energy they need to do their best during the school day. That’s why it’s important to remind school foodservice operators that potatoes are not only delicious, but also cost-effective and a nutritious addition to the school menu. In partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), two webinars featured potatoes.  The first webinar, “Maximize Your Menus and Minimize Labor Constraints with Potatoes”, showcased potatoes through on-trend, student-friendly menu innovations and solutions to ease labor strains. The second webinar, “Fun Summer Feeding with Potatoes”, showcased how putting potatoes at the center of the plate can enhance summer feeding programs in fresh and fun ways. Both webinars included a live cooking demonstration with Potatoes USA Culinary Director Chef RJ Harvey, RD and Award-Winning Author Dayle Hayes, MS, RD. The demonstrations were pre-recorded in the Potatoes USA Spud Lab and were a big hit with the participants. Webinars Key Takeaways: Nutritional benefits of potatoes at an affordable price How potatoes can limit food waste Ways potatoes can take over as the center of the plate How serving potatoes to children over the summer can be fun Upon webinar completion, attendees were able to earn continuing education credits. All recipes and resources utilized in the webinar are available on the SNA website for future download. Following are some quotes from the operators who were very engaged in the webinar chat. “My favorite Webinar I’ve seen so far this year. VERY helpful and insightful. Well Done!”  “Love Dayle and RJ as a team. Can they please start a cooking youtube series? ‘Dayle and RJ: Potatoes for All!’” “Great webinar, gained new ideas for using potatoes. Thank you!” SNA is recognized as the authority on school nutrition and utilizes weekly webinars to educate their 50,000+ members. For more information on K-12 School Foodservice marketing activities, email

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