The Merriam, Kan.-based company donated a truckload of Red River Valley potatoes to the Kansas City Salvation Army Dec. 17.
Dave’s father and former company owner Dick “Spud” Haun first donated a load of potatoes in 1982. Since then, the program has expanded to include several members of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. O.C. Schultz, J.G. Hall, Associated Potato Growers, Black Gold Farms and A&L Potato Co. partner with Haun Potato on the program.
This year’s donation was 42,000 pounds; over the years the donations have totalled 1.3 million pounds.
“My father started this tradition 32 years ago, kind of on a whim, with the great people up in the Red River Valley. They were able to get a donation together for the Salvation Army then, and fortunately we’ve been able to keep that tradition up,” Dave Haun said.
Haun said he expects this year’s donation to help The Salvation Army prepare family food baskets for the holiday season, along with helping supply the organization’s feeding program and food kitchens, which prepare meals for the needy.