Grower donates two tonnes of potatoes to help the most vulnerable

Friday, 1 May 2020

With the closure of restaurants imposed by the lockdown, the chipping market in the potato sector has almost disappeared overnight. Jonathan Papworth and Greg Bliss who grow potatoes in Cambridgeshire at Fen Edge Farming Ltd., decided they will not let their product  go to waste. They have partnered up with FareShare charity, to help those in need by donating two tonnes of bagged potatoes.  

Jonathan Papworth who is also a member of AHDB Potatoes Board said: “We were struggling to sell the stock intended for the chipping market so we decided to offer our potatoes to those who desperately need food to feed their families. If you are a grower who has got some extra stock that cannot be sold, this is a way  for you to help others so we can all overcome this crisis. 

What is FareShare?

FareShare is a charity which operates warehouses across the UK, reducing food waste by redistributing surplus food within the supply chain to 11,000 frontline charities and community groups, including foodbanks and schools“Working with the food industry and charity sector, we get surplus food onto the plates of those who need it most. Right now our service is needed more than ever, so to have such an important donation as potatoes comes as a great help – particularly as they are versatile and people enjoy eating them. The donation will be shared across our network  We are very grateful, and we would like to thank Sophie and Jonathan for their help,” said Shula Granville, Commercial Manager at FareShare 

Our Chair's view

Sophie Churchill, Chair of AHDB Potatoes Board, commented on this: “We want every potato to find the best market possible in these very difficult times. FareShare has helped find a good home for surplus packed and processed products over some time. Bags of fresh potatoes are now being welcomed to help meet the needs of vulnerable people and households.   

Covid-19 is causing real and continuing hardship, mental stress and indeed hunger. Fresh potatoes are part of a massive nationwide effort by UK agriculture to stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow citizens at this time 

We all know the comfort of mash, baked potatoes and a few good roasties, especially when you have got a family to feed. I am delighted that Jonathan has helped drive this.” 

FareShare can take bagged potatoes if the variety and treatment is suitable for fresh consumption.  

If you would like to participate and make a donation, please email FareShare to both these addresses:   

Alternatively you can call the Food Offers team on 0207 394 2477.  

Jonathan at FareShare warehouse

Greg and Jonathan