Idaho potato industry pitches in to feed children - The Packer

Idaho potato industry pitches in to feed children

08/19/2010 11:48:23 AM
Chloe' Robbins

Courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission

More than 500 volunteers from the potato industry in Idaho spent two days assembling Manna Pack-Potato meals for malnourished children across the globe. The effort was led by Frank Muir (left), Idaho Potato Commission president and chief executive officer, and Cheryl Koompin, U.S. Potato Board chairwoman.

The Idaho Potato Commission and industry members joined up at a U.S. Potato Board meeting to help ease world hunger.

The meeting, which took place at American Falls High School in American Falls, Idaho, saw more than 500 volunteers packing 300,000 Manna Pack-Potato meals. These meals will go to the Feed My Starving Children organization to be shipped around the world to places where child hunger is rampant.

The meals contain Idaho potato grancules, soy flour, vitamins, minerals and sweet potato flavor. The ingredients are particular to nourish those who have been without food extensively.

“This was a very rewarding experience for me both professionally and personally because not only does it support the potato industry, it puts nutritional food directly into the hands of the neediest — sick and starving children,” Cheryl Koompin, chairwoman, United States Potato Board, said in a news release.

Feed My Starving Children will have another packing session in January in Boise.



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