On June 14, 45,000 pounds of Prince Edward Island potatoes arrived for distribution around the northwest. About a dozen volunteers were on hand to assist as some pallets were quickly placed on other vehicles for transfer to other communities. Local food program workers had about a week to prepare for the arrival of the potatoes after receiving an email from Second Harvest, a national agency which gathers up food that would otherwise go to waste for distribution to food banks and other agencies.
The Terrace drop is just one of approximately 200 across the country organized by Second Harvest and Food Banks Canada, the national organization which represents food banks. That millions of pounds of potatoes are being delivered across the country can be traced back to late last year with the discovery of potato wart in a few Prince Edward Island fields.