Feb 5, 2014
Washington, Colorado food banks benefit from Super Bowl bet

A Super Bowl bet between the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) has resulted in 25,500 pounds of potatoes being donated to food banks in both Seattle and Denver.

The bet between the two organizations was for 500 pounds of potatoes to be donated for each point scored in the game to a food bank in the city of the winning team.

The Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl meant that CPAC would donate 25,500 pounds of potatoes to a food bank in Seattle. However the WSPC has decided to match the donation to a food bank in Denver.

In the end it isn’t about who won or lost, it is about supporting food banks in each city in an effort to help families in need make ends meet,” said Chris Voigt, WSPC executive director. “So we will provide an identical donation of 25,500 pounds of potatoes so that way food banks in both Denver and Seattle can assist people in their communities.”

“We might have been hoping for a different team to win the game, but we are delighted that the total score will allow for such a sizeable donation to food banks in both cities,” said Jim Ehrlich, CPAC’s executive director. “In the end I’m glad that food banks will be the true winners of the game.”

Both organizations will be working with local food banks in their areas to arrange for the delivery of potatoes in the upcoming weeks. It is estimated that this will provide more than 76,500 servings of potatoes to people within both communities who rely on support from food banks.

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