Washington potato farmers are among many food growers pivoting in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Ninety percent of potatoes grown in the state are sold to restaurants and other food service establishments, so many farmers are giving away their excess potatoes, in hopes of hitting one million pounds in donations.
This Thursday, May 14, the largest giveaway to date will be hosted at the Tacoma Dome in parking lots G and F. Starting at 11 a.m., about 200,000 pounds of free potatoes will be distributed by local volunteers with the Emergency Food Network, who will coordinate logistics and load potatoes into vehicles.
Food banks interested in being the recipient of potato donations can contact the Potato Commission at 509-765-8845.
Potatoes will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. To date, 320,000 pounds of potatoes already have been distributed. More information here.