April 07, 2020

Growers to give away 18,000 pounds of spuds

HAMPDEN — As their contribution to the storm relief effort, Maine’s potato growers Friday will give away 1,800 bags of potatoes.

The free, 10-pound bags of potatoes may be picked up from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the Carl Smith Foods warehouse in Hampden.

The potatoes are available to anyone who has been affected by the storm and is in need of food, said Donald E. Flannery, assistant executive director of the Maine Potato Board.

“All we’ve got to give is potatoes,” Flannery said Thursday.

The growers had talked about this earlier, Flannery said, but the logistics of getting the potatoes to the Red Cross and shelters proved difficult.

Now that storm victims have started moving from shelters back to their homes, Flannery said, they probably could use some fresh food.

The project is a joint venture of the Maine Potato Board, several growers and packers, H. Smith Packing, Jewell Brothers, Maine Potato Growers Inc., Thomas E. Moore, Northeast Potato Distributors Inc., Growers Exchange, Naturally Potatoes and Maine Farmers Exchange, along with Carl Smith Foods of Bangor.

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