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Red River Valley shippers donate to Kansas City poor for 31st consecutive year

For the 31st consecutive holiday season, Red River Valley potato shippers cooperated with Haun Potato Co., located in Shawnee Mission, KS, to contribute a truckload of potatoes to metropolitan Kansas City’s poor via The Salvation Army.

On Dec. 11, company owner David Haun and his father, Dick (Spud) Haun, received the delivery at a Salvation Army facility in Kansas City, MO.

Shippers contributing potatoes to the 2013 effort were Associated Potato Growers Inc. and Black Gold Farms Inc., both located in Grand Forks, ND; A&L Potato Co. Inc. in East Grand Forks, MN; and Northern Valley Growers LLC in Hoople, ND. Haun said the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East Grand Forks helped coordinate transportation through owner-operator Tom Elstad. Elstad told The Produce News he left the Red River Valley on Dec. 10 when it was 27 degrees below zero.

David Haun indicated that many different Red River Valley potato shippers have contributed to this cause in the 31 years since Spud Haun launched the effort. Spud Haun is still active but retired at age 89. He left the potato presentation to go work out at his YMCA.

Ronald Tollerud, assistant director of development in Kansas City, KS, for The Salvation Army, said the truckload of Red River Valley potatoes would be included with 500 food boxes for the underprivileged. The rest of the shipment would be distributed to affiliated Kansas City area Salvation Army feeding facilities.