Food banks and agencies benefit from PEI potatoes


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LARGE volumes of PEI potatoes arrived in Terrace, British Columbia, recently, distributed by local food programme workers, after being gathered for distribution by national food charity agency Second Harvest.

The agency collects food that would otherwise go to waste for distribution to food banks and other agencies, and on June 14th,  45,000 pounds of Prince Edward Island potatoes arrived for distribution around the northwest. 

About a dozen volunteers helped load pallets onto vehicles which then transferred them to local communities. 

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Local food program workers had about a week to prepare for the arrival of the potatoes after receiving a notification from Second Harvest.

Terrace was amongst one of around 200 locations across the country which benefited from the drop by Second Harvest and Food Banks Canada, the national organization which represents food banks. 

Millions of pounds of potatoes are being delivered across the country since the discovery of potato wart on Prince Edward Island last autumn and a subsequent export ban, which has since been lifted. More details on the wart finding and subsequent actions can be found on some of the links below.


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