Over twenty years ago, House of Friendship (HOF) Board Members decided to host a potato blitz in February to help meet the need for potatoes throughout the year in emergency food hampers and program meals. Today, the campaign raises potatoes and donations equivalent to 300,000 pounds of potatoes. Potatoes are used for hampers and meals, and donations are used to buy more potatoes.
This fun campaign kicks off with Don Cameron Potato Night with the Kitchener Rangers, when fans donate money and spuds at the door. It is followed by a one-day Supermarket Blitz on a Saturday at most local grocery stores, where volunteers invite shoppers to donate money and spuds.
And the campaign wraps up with a Community Potato Lunch hosted by HOF, at which guests enjoy a delicious offering of potato dishes (no tickets required – free-will offering accepted), and where we have the opportunity to thank many volunteers and sponsors. Over 200 volunteers roll up their sleeves to help campaign mascots Spuddy and Sweet Potato.
Spuddy and Sweet Potato also invite you to:
- host your own Potato Drive or Potato Blitz Event
- send your best #SpuddyUnselfie to @HOFKW on twitter
- text SHARE to 41010 to donate $5 towards the cost of potatoes
To get involved, contact Dawn Gill at 519-742-8327 x 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the many volunteers, partners and sponsors who make the February Potato Blitz possible and who come together to share the gift of food with our neighbours in need.
In 2017, the equivalent (cash and spuds) of 319,000 pounds of potatoes were donated. THANK YOU for feeding our neighbours in need.