Approximately 50,000 pounds of potatoes will soon find a spot on dinner tables courtesy of free potato and onion drive-by distribution events set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23. One will be at the Clallam County Fairgrounds’ north parking lot. Another is planned for the same time at the American Legion Hall in Forks.
Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Connie Beauvais, a candidate for state Senate, has organized the delivery. The distribution will include a portion of the expected 1 billion-pound backlog of seed potatoes piling up at farms across the state as the root vegetable’s supply chain with the coronavirus-related shutdown of restaurants and school food service programs.
It’s not just a Washington-state phenomenon: Belgium, originator of the French fry, asked its citizens in late April to eat fries twice a week to cut into a similar glut of potatoes.
The distribution for the east side of the county will be at the Clallam County Fairgrounds’ north parking lot at the corner of West 18th and South I streets. Those who pick up the veggies should enter by the east entrance off South I Street, Beauvais said.
Forks Mayor Tim Fletcher worked with Beauvais and company to set up the West End distribution. Residents are asked to drive to the corner of Maple Avenue and East Division Street, and volunteers will load potatoes and onions into their vehicles.