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DONATE NOW-THE ROAD TO A MILLION POUNDS

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DONATE NOW-THE ROAD TO A MILLION POUNDS
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Help us get free potatoes to the hungry. We have potatoes to give but need funds to pay for washing, packaging, and transportation for food banks in the western U.S.

Ninety percent of all the potatoes grown in Washington State are sold to restaurants and other food service establishments. With so many restaurants closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, our potato farmers have lost most of their customers. These closures and restrictions on restaurants have created a huge surplus of 1 billion pounds of potatoes that no longer have a home. This has created a huge financial loss to many of our growers as they were counting on someone to buy their crop. Our farmers and their families also recognize that they aren’t the only ones suffering financially. So many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Our farmers would like to donate their potatoes that were originally set to be processed to food banks and those in need, these are potatoes that are not sorted, so each bag will have multiple sizes. These are not like the potatoes you see in the stores that are all the same size in a bag. The potatoes that we have a surplus of, were all scheduled to be turned into french fries, tater tots, wedges, etc. The farmers do not want to see these potatoes in storage shed go to waste, but don’t have the money to pay for the washing, packaging, or transportation of their potatoes. It costs about seven cents a pound to get them packaged and shipped to a food bank. Your contribution can help us get these donated potatoes to those that are struggling. Our goal is to get 1 million pounds of potatoes bagged and delivered to those in need. Thank you for your generous donation.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-washington-potato-growers-feed-those-in-need?fbclid=IwAR0F6Gkl5l1_ssY4HGLxGmY6udbG8qw_8Tmzf9VsYvissesR2ls5I_RlBG8

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020

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