Island produce bound for Hurricane Irma victims, first responders
The Government of Prince Edward Island and the P.E.I. Potato Board are partnering with Island farmers to provide fresh produce to those affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma in Florida.
A tractor trailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce will leave Prince Edward Island today (September 20) for Georgia where it will be distributed to victims of Hurricane Irma.
“All Islanders were moved by the images of devastation caused by Hurricane Irma,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “Our province is well-known for its high-quality food and for its generosity. We are a small Island with a big heart, and this is a concrete way we can help those affected by doing on the things we know best – growing quality food and sharing it with those in need.”
“The PEI Potato farmers always rise to a need and this is no exception, even during the busy harvest time," said Rodney Dingwell, chairman of the PEI 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.”
The trailer will include 17 pallets of produce donations, from five-pound to 50-pound bags of potatoes from growers and packers throughout Prince Edward Island, to carrots and rutabagas from P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op. It is anticipated that the trailer will take approximately two-and-a-half days to arrive in Georgia 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 FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) collection and redistribution site. The Government of Prince Edward Island will cover the freight costs.
List of partners:
- Government of Prince Edward Island
- P.E.I. Potato Board
- Vanco Farms
- Cavendish Produce
- Gerrit Visser & Sons
- Rollo Bay Holdings
- Sherwood Produce
- P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op
- Morley Annear Transport