Bloomsday 2019

on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Posted in Blog & News

On May 3-5th WSPC staff were back at it again and exhibiting at the 2019 Bloomsday Tradeshow and Race! The purpose of this event was to come together as a community to support healthy lifestyles for our youth, families, and athletes. As a sponsor WSPC had the opportunity to share information, recipes, fresh potatoes and athletic gear with more than 30,000 athletes in Spokane. Athletes and families gathered to grab their free produce bag, filled with high-quality Washington spuds! WSPC staff also passed out fanny packs, bandanas, potato chips, light up wristbands and more! Many of the athletes we spoke with were surprised and excited to hear all the health benefits potatoes have to offer. Potatoes are an all natural, nutrient dense vegetable full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. Plus, the significant amount of potassium and carbohydrates in a potato allows for energy boosts and quick muscle recovery! Potatoes contain no fat, cholesterol, sodium, or gluten, making them the perfect superfood for athletes! On race day we were excited to hear about all the participants that enjoyed potatoes from our potato produce bags for their dinners the night before. Potatoes are the perfect pre/post-race snack and can be easily used in many meal prep dishes. Check out the Nutrition and Lifestyle tab on our website to learn more about the ways potatoes can benefit your health!

 

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WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

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Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently opened the application period for the Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant. This one-time grant program is funded by USDA and is designed to bolster the middle of Washington’s food supply chain. The program aims to enhance local and regional food systems by supporting activities like aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution. Eligible entities include agricultural producers, processors, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities meeting SBA small business size standards, local and tribal governments, and institutions like schools and hospitals. Priority will be given to projects that benefit underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers, small and veteran-owned businesses, and projects that expand processing, aggregation, and distribution capacities. The application period opened on May 30, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM. WSDA is offering extensive support to help applicants through the process. This includes assistance from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and dedicated office hours every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the application deadline. Visit the RFSI webpage for more information about what’s available. If you need assistance, please visit the RSI website. WSDA will also be available with office hours of every Tuesday 10am through July 9th and every Thursday at 2pm through June 27th (no office hours on July 4th holiday)

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