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Food banks ‘overjoyed’ as Prince Edward Island potato shipments continue

Prince Edward Island potatoes may have been shut out of their biggest export market in the U.S., but they’re still finding a way to make a difference elsewhere. P.E.I. potatoes have been on the menu at many food banks across the country while exports to the U.S. mainland remain suspended, according to a CBC News story, published by Yahoo! News.

Almost 100 truckloads of donated spuds have left the Island as part of a program managed by the P.E.I. Potato Board, which aims to prevent the potatoes from going to waste.

“The food banks are getting nutritious product with a long shelf life at no charge, and the potato growers and farmers can see that their hard work is going where it’s needed and helping people across this country who are experiencing hunger,” said Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “It’s just fantastic. Lots of smiles from the food bankers when they receive these shipments.”

Beardsley said there have been shipments to British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario. The organization even plans to start shipments to the North soon.

Source: CBC/Yahoo! News. Full story and pictures here
Photo: Credit and courtesy Food Banks Canada via Yahoo! News

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