Kansas City, MO – The plates of many hungry families in Kansas City will be full this year, thanks to a holiday tradition that began 30 years ago!

Thursday, December 13 at 8:30 a.m., the Haun Potato Company of Kansas City will deliver a full truck-load of freshly packed Red River Valley potatoes to The Salvation Army seasonal warehouse at 3177 Mercier, Kansas City, Missouri.

The donation of 42,000 pounds of spuds will be distributed to dozens of area charities to feed hungry people this holiday season. The Salvation Army will also use many of the potatoes in its Christmas feeding programs.

The generous donation of potatoes is made possible by the following members of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association in North Dakota and Minnesota: O.C. Schultz Company, J.G. Hall & Sons, Associated Potato Growers, Northern Valley Growers and A&L Potato Company.

Over the past 30 years, more than one million pounds of potatoes has been donated to The Salvation Army in Kansas City through this collaborative charitable effort!

“We commend the Haun Potato Company and all the members of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association for their longtime commitment to helping fight hunger,” said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City. “Many families in Kansas City will enjoy a wonderful holiday meal thanks to their generosity.”