May 4, 2023Potatoes USA, Eagle River Seed Farm donate to Wisconsin food pantry
Potatoes USA and Eagle River Seed Farm have donated more than 600 pounds of potatoes to the Vilas Food Pantry in Eagle River, Wisconsin. The pantry has been serving Vilas County residents for more than 35 years.
Eagle River Seed Farm grows varieties of seed potatoes for Potatoes USA and other customers. Seed potatoes are potatoes that are used for planting, grown conventionally and perfect for eating.
“We had these wonderful, nutritious potatoes available that we wanted to put to good use,” Clover Spacek, general manager for Eagle River Seed Farm, who coordinated the bagging of the potatoes for local families, said in a news release. “This is a busy time of year with potato planting, but the donation to the Vilas Food Pantry was an important priority for our team. We’re so proud to be able to give back to our community.”
Potatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable. A medium (5.3-ounce) skin-on potato provides nearly one-third of the daily value of vitamin C, along with 15% DV of potassium and 10% DV of vitamin B6. It also contains 2 grams of fiber, 1.1 milligrams of iron and 3 grams of plant-based protein.
“We appreciate the great partnership we have with Eagle River Seed Farm, and we’re glad these potatoes could help folks in need,” said John Lundeen, director of Research for Potatoes USA. “We’re happy to support the Vilas Food Pantry in its mission to provide people quality food in a caring environment.”