Residents of Prince Edward Island will be able to receive free bags of potatoes as part of food support packages to help assist with increased costs-of-living, a May 19 news release said.
“We are proud to work with industry leaders to get high quality P.E.I. agricultural products to Islanders, and I want to thank our valued partners and producers in the agriculture industry for their continued commitment to community wellbeing,” Bloyce Thompson, P.E.I. minister of agriculture and land, said in the release.
The $250,000 Island Producers Helping Islanders Initiative will work similar to the action taken in April 2020, by giving Islanders free packages of local potatoes and dairy products. The packages have been provided by the P.E.I. Potato Board and ADL, the release said.
The local food products will be available at the following locations from 9 am until 12 pm or while supplies last, and delivery will be possible for those who cannot access the locations:
Saturday, May 21
- Brudenell River Resort Parking Lot
- Stratford Town Hall Parking Lot
- Summerside Credit Union Place Parking Lot
Saturday May, 28
- Westisle High School Parking Lot
- P.E.I. Government Complex (PAB) Parking Lot in Charlottetown
“This winter, the P.E.I. potato industry went through one of its most challenging seasons due to the border closure, and throughout this difficult time, the outpouring of public support on PEI was immeasurable,” John Visser, chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board, said in the release. “Our industry is so thankful to Islanders for that support, and are happy to give back with free 10 lb bags of our most famous potatoes.”
The provincial is also partnering with Vesey’s Seeds to create the Food Security at Home Initiative that will offer 2,000 free home garden seed kits to encourage Islanders to grow their own food, the release said. The home garden seed kits will be available at Access P.E.I. locations across the Island beginning on May 26.