Give me a P-O-T-A-T-O! Potato!!!

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It is officially Potato Season! The annual February Potato Blitz is here and there’s no looking back. This little month is actually one of the most important of the year- it has the weight of 170, 000 lbs of potatoes riding on its shoulders! That’s because House of Friendship will use over 34 truck loads full of potatoes in its 18 programs this year, and we are hoping to collect all of it (cross your fingers) through the events being held this month.  

Not only will the potatoes collected during the Potato Blitz be used up well before they spoil (the Emergency Food Hamper program distributed 36,425 lbs of potatoes in the first three months of 2009 alone), but we will also be able to purchase potatoes year-round with the cash donations received. Thanks to a special partnership with a local farm we are able to purchase potatoes at a fixed low rate. This allows, for example, five dollars to be stretched to provide approximately 10 people with 5lbs of potatoes each.:)

I, myself, am looking forward to this year’s Potato Blitz, especially since it is my first! I’ve been the Social Service Intern since May and I’ve heard all about the February program from Tony and Christine, but it’s finally time for me to experience it first hand!

So far, they haven’t wasted any time with my initiation:  

 

Yup, that’s me in the bow tie…

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3 Responses to “Give me a P-O-T-A-T-O! Potato!!!”

  1. Christine Says:

    Love the bow tie!! Had no idea the Emergency Food Hamper program goes through potatoes so quickly – good to know the Potato Blitz is helping so many.

  2. michele Says:

    You both look snazzy in your outfits… 🙂 What a great first post for our new blog!

  3. Pam Says:

    Tomorrow’s lunch menu sounds really tasty. Sandra and her team are “spunderful” cooks. The funds and potatoes gathered as part of the Blitz are really helpful to H of F programs – there are so many good dishes that can be made with potatoes. Thanks Emily for all the potato facts – who knew potatoes were grown “in space”.

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