Edmonton Food Bank

Giving Back; The Gift of Potatoes (This Spud’s For You)

Posted on March 07, 2017

The Edmonton Potato Growers is comprised of ten family farms that have been growing potatoes in the greater Edmonton area for over 50 years. In 2016, the Potato Growers and Edmonton area farmer Gordon Visser and Norbest Farms responded in a big way to help those in need in Edmonton. They wanted to share a good growing year and help Edmonton’s Food Bank meet their Holiday Goal of collecting 600,000 lbs of food.

“We see the tough economic times that people are going through, as more and more people turn to the Edmonton’s Food Bank for food. We are pleased to team up with the Edmonton Potato Growers to give 50,000 lbs. potatoes to the Food Bank,” shares Gordon Visser, Norbest Farms. “The community has been so supportive of us that we are pleased to support families in the community, at a time when their budgets are already stretched tight.”

There is nothing better than fresh local produce to place into our hampers and to distribute out to agencies. Every week for five weeks through December and into January we received 5 skids of 5 lb bags of potatoes. The potatoes were donated by Norbest Farms, and the washing and packaging were done by the Edmonton Potato Growers. Thanks to this amazing donation we were able to provide bags of potatoes in 6000 hampers.

EFB is continually amazed at the giving spirit of those in the Edmonton Area.”