Potato Harvest in Casper

A potato harvest is helping families that are facing food insecurity in Wyoming. Our Kimberly Barroteran tells us about the food bank’s effort to provide fresh produce to families.

Over the last week, the Food Bank of Wyoming has been distributing over 10,000 pounds of potatoes to local communities all across the state.

The Food Bank of Wyoming has partnered with the University of Wyoming Cent$ible Nutrition program and the James C. Hageman sustainable agriculture research and extension center to harvest and bag over 10,000 pounds of potatoes for their second annual potato dig and distribute them to 19 mobile food pantries and hunger relief partners in the state. Director of Development at the Food Bank of Wyoming, Jill Stillwagon says they hope to nourish people during difficult times.

“Higher inflation costs and fuel and families day to day costs going up. These potatoes really will bring an addition to their tables and plates this fall.”

But why potatoes? Stillwagon says they strive to provide local produce that has higher nutritional value than processed foods. Potatoes are a very versatile food.”

“They have a long shelf life, so we are able to send them out to our hunger relief partners and put them on mobile pantries. And they last definitely a lot longer than some of your other produce does. So it’s a great shelf stable item and great to add on to your dinner plate. It’s a very nutritious food.”

The UW programs exceeded their goal and donated more than 3,000 pounds of potatoes from last year with the help of over 30 volunteers.

“We have been partnering with Cent$ible Nutrition for the last few years¬†and so we really hope to grow this partnership with them. They have been such a good partner for Food Bank of Wyoming, along with SAREC and so we are grateful for this opportunity. Looking forward to next year, bringing you even more potatoes to feed Wyoming families facing hunger.”

Kimberly Barroteran, Your Wyoming Link, Casper.