Los Banos, CA, to El Paso, TX
By Whitney Davis, Abby Donnelly, and Christina Knight June 22, 2020
From Los Banos, California, Uber Freight helped FarmLink facilitate a thousand mile trek to deliver five truckloads of 40,000 pounds of potatoes to El Paso Food Bank. Transferring a combined 200,000 pounds of produce, this delivery made it possible to feed a potential 150,000 people.
Potatoes have historically served important roles during food shortages dating back to the Great Depression and again during the 2020 global pandemic. Not only do they contribute to proper calorie intake, but they can also be stored for long periods of time without rotting. In April, when communities were over buying and leaving grocery shelves empty—potatoes offered a cheap alternative for struggling families.
“Potatoes have 25 per cent less carbohydrates than pasta, and 50 per cent less than rice. Potatoes have 20 per cent more fibre than pasta and more than double the fibre of rice.” (The Lead, Davis 2020)
FarmLink’s connection to El Paso Food Bank offered more than just a simple delivery of potatoes. As the main distributor to over 132 partner pantries in the area, El Paso Food Bank is working to ensure no one goes hungry. A couple of trucks, a lot of starch, and a road trip later, FarmLink not only crosses state borders but also took the concept of “farm-to-table” to a whole new level.