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Charlotte Hoover, Apple Foodbanks says the unexpected gift of potatoes will go a long way, and feed a lot of people. “We have had an increase of some people coming that have been laid off to get food, now that the Corona Virus is here,” said Hoover.
Before the coronavirus hit, Idaho spud farmers were doing well. 50-pound cartons of restaurant-grade potatoes were fetching sky-high prices, between $22 and $23, Then on March 16th, carton prices had fallen to between $10 and $12. The Idaho Farm Bureau is buying potatoes to support farmers and giving the spuds to food banks to help those who have lost their jobs in this outbreak.
“We really appreciate the potatoes we got today. That will really help feed our families probably for about a month and a half,” said Mary Orr of the Saint Maries Food Bank.
Ashley Singer of the North Central Idaho Food Bank echoed the sentiment.
“It's a wonderful program, potatoes can stretch really far. You can do so many things with potatoes and help those in need,” said Singer.
Helping those in need, as the great pandemic enters the second month.