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More than 40,000 pounds of P.E.I. produce on its way to hurricane Irma victims

P.E.I. producers are sending more than 40,000 pounds of Island produce to the Southern U.S. for victims of hurricane Irma. From left, Premier Wade MacLauchlan speaks with Greg Donald of the P.E.I. Potato Board, Phil Visser of Sherwood Produce, Don Read of the P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op and Jamie Wood of Cavendish Produce.
P.E.I. producers are sending more than 40,000 pounds of Island produce to the Southern U.S. for victims of hurricane Irma. From left, Premier Wade MacLauchlan speaks with Greg Donald of the P.E.I. Potato Board, Phil Visser of Sherwood Produce, Don Read of the P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op and Jamie Wood of Cavendish Produce.

Island farmers are sending some of the province’s best produce to the Southern U.S. to help those affected by hurricane Irma.

Wednesday, a tractor-trailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce will leave P.E.I. for Georgia where it will be distributed to victims and first responders.

The trailer will include 17 pallets of produce donations, from five to 50-pound bags of potatoes from growers and packers throughout the Island, to carrots and rutabagas from the P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op. 

“The PEI Potato farmers always rise to a need and this is no exception, even during the busy harvest time,” said Rodney Dingwell, chair of the P.E.I. Potato Board.

“We have a very generous industry and it gives me great pride that we are so quick to respond when someone is in need. Not only with our own communities, but as far away as the southern U.S.”

It’s anticipated the trailer will take about two-and-a-half days to arrive at the hunger-relief organization Second Harvest of South Georgia. The second-largest food bank in the state, it accepts donations and redistributes them among areas of South Florida, and is also a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) collection and redistribution site. The P.E.I. government is covering the freight costs.

“We are a small Island with a big heart, and this is a concrete way we can help those affected by doing the things we know best – growing quality food and sharing it with those in need,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

Partners

Government of Prince Edward Island

P.E.I. Potato Board

Vanco Farms

Gerrit Visser & Sons

Rollo Bay Holdings

Sherwood Produce

Cavendish Produce

P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op

Morley Annear Transport

Premier Wade MacLauchlan inspects some of the Island potatoes that were shipped to Georgia starting Wednesday in aid of hurricane Irma victims.

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