Province partners with local producers to help Islanders

Island producers are partnering with the Province of Prince Edward Island to support Island families in need with care packages this Easter weekend. 

Under the Island Producers Helping Islanders initiative, Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL), the PEI Potato Board and provincial government will be handing out free care packages to Islanders this Saturday that include local dairy products and potatoes. 

“Islanders are known for supporting each other, especially in times of need, and we have certainly seen that spirit of kindness and generosity come through over the past few weeks,” said Agriculture and Land Minister Bloyce Thompson. “Through this initiative, we are seeing producers come together to support Islanders in need despite facing their own sector challenges during this pandemic. I could not be more proud to be part of this community, coming together the Island way as that is how we will get through this.” 

Drive-thru pick up will be set up at the following locations this Saturday from 10am until 3pm or while supplies last: 

  • Summerside: Credit Union Place parking lot
  • Charlottetown: PEI Government Complex parking lot (on Terry Fox Drive)

To support physical distancing, Islanders are asked to remain in their vehicles while volunteers place the care package in the trunk. 

"ADL is proud to partner with the provincial government and the PEI Potato Board to provide quality PEI dairy products to Islanders that need them the most through this pandemic,” said Jamie MacPhail, ADL Corporate Secretary and Communications Lead. "By working together and supporting each other Islanders will get through this crisis together and be stronger because of it."

“We are happy to be participating in this special initiative to help fellow Islanders,” said Pownal potato farmer and PEI Potato Board Chairman Jason Hayden. “Potatoes are a nutritious, versatile food that provide great year-round value, while also being a comfort food.  We know many Islanders are making sacrifices to help protect each other and get through the COVID-19 situation as safely and as quickly as possible, and these care packages are a small token of our appreciation this Easter weekend.”  

This one-time initiative is intended to help Islanders and families in need; however, it is open to everyone. Islanders interested in making a donation in light of the free care package may do so online to a local charity of their choice. 

For more information on the provincial government’s response to COVID-19, including resources, program applications and important public health information, visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19

Media Contact: 
Amanda Hamel
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier
(902) 368-4400

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