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IDAHO POTATO INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SECOND HARVEST NETWORK; DONATION WILL PROVIDE APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILLION MEALS

IDAHO POTATO INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SECOND HARVEST NETWORK;
 DONATION WILL PROVIDE APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILLION MEALS
 BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to an urgent need for food donations by American food banks, the Idaho potato industry is providing more than 397,000 pounds of potatoes to Second Harvest, America's foodbank network. This domestic humanitarian donation includes fresh, frozen and dehydrated potatoes and will provide approximately 2.5 million meals.
 In a recent survey of Second Harvest food banks, vegetables were cited as one of the most desired products although they are the least available. This important need prompted the Idaho potato industry to join together with Second Harvest in this important effort.
 "We are pleased that we can contribute our state's most important food product to meet this special need to such a well-known charitable organization," said Mel Anderson, a spokesman for the Idaho potato industry. "The lingering recession has increased the need for basic, nutritious food items at food banks throughout our nation and this is our industry's way of extending a helping hand."
 "The post-holiday season is a critical time for food banks," said Deborah Keegan, director of marketing for Second Harvest. "We are grateful to those companies and growers in the Idaho potato industry who have been willing to share their resources to help us get through these rough winter months."
 Idaho produces approximately 30 percent of the nation's fall potato crop and potatoes are the fourth most important food crop in the world. They are an important source of nutrition with high levels of protein, vitamin C, potassium, complex carbohydrates, and twice the fiber of rice and pasta. The Idaho potato's cooking versatility and convenience will allow food programs and needy families to prepare a variety of wholesome meals.
 Second Harvest is America's largest and oldest charitable national network of food banks and the nation's largest non-governmental food program. Through its nationwide network of food banks, food is channeled to nearly 42,000 local charities with feeding programs serving millions of needy and hungry Americans.
 Idaho companies participating in this domestic food donation project include Basic American Foods, GPOD of Idaho, Idahoan Foods, Idaho Potato Packers/Nonpareil, Keegan Inc., Lamb Weston, Larsen of Idaho, Liberty Produce, Middle Mountain Land and Produce Inc., Mart Produce Corporation, Ore-Ida Foods Inc., Pleasant Valley Potato Inc., Rigby Produce, Rolland Jones Potatoes Inc., J.R. Simplot Company, Sun Valley Potatoes Inc., and Universal Frozen Foods.
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 /CONTACT: Diana Boniface or Chris Wood of Creamer Dickson Basford, 212-887-8015 or 212-887-8011, for the Idaho Potato Commission/ CO: Idaho Potato Commission ST: Idaho IN: FOD SU:


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