As part of The Idaho Foodbank’s continuing service to the Magic Valley and the Idaho potato industry’s commitment to fight hunger in Idaho, Cummins Family Produce distributed 8,000 pounds of fresh Idaho potatoes to Foodbank partner agencies on Friday, Jan. 25.
The donation is the final portion of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association’s commitment to donate a truckload of potatoes as part of Community Cares Day in December. IGSA members have already donated 28,000 pounds as part of its program “The Idaho Potato Industry Unites Against Hunger.”
In 2012, The Idaho Foodbank, working through nonprofit partners across the Magic Valley, gave out 1.45 million pounds of food to hungry Idahoans in the six-country area.
On Friday, Jan. 25, volunteers from the Twin Falls accounting firm Cooper Norman loaded the 8,000 pounds of locally grown potatoes – in the form of 160 50-pound boxes – directly into the vehicles of several of the Foodbank’s Magic Valley partners. Those nonprofit agencies will now distribute the highly valued potatoes to hungry Magic Valley families.
In addition to the potato distribution, Mark Klompien, President of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, was on hand to answer questions about Idaho’s potato industry, and Lance Cummins from Cummins Family Produce gave warehouse tours. Cummins Family Produce in Twin Falls; along with Magic Valley Produce of Paul; Arrowhead, Sun Valley Potatoes, Mart Produce and Southwind Farms of Rupert all donated potatoes during Community Cares Day in December.