As you know 2020 has been a 'challenging' year for fundraising. No exception for Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. So hopefully you can step up and help out as they hold their annual Spud Drive. Buy a 50 pound bag of Aroostook County premium Russet Potatoes to support Challenger's mission to inspire Maine students. 2020 hasn't been much of a year for lots of things, but it was a good year for potatoes in The County.

"Challenger loves our unique spud drive and not just because potatoes have been to space!" says Kirsten Hibbard, Executive Director of Challenger Learning Center or Maine.  "This fundraiser benefits Challenger's mission to bring STEM programming to Maine students, helps provide food donations for our local Salvation Army of Bangor, and the potatoes come from a very special young Maine farmer in Aroostook County.  It is a great way to give locally this season and the 50 lbs bags are a great price!"


Cost is $25 for a 50 pound bag. However if you buy 2 or more bags the price drops to $20 a bag. Maybe if you only need one bag you can donate a second bag to the Salvation Army of Bangor. And feel good knowing you're helping out those in need.

I grew up on potatoes. You might have too. No exaggeration, it's wasn't on occasion that there were potatoes on our dinner plate, it was every night.  My kid brother and I used to come to the table and in unison recite "Potatoes at every meal". Sometimes they were boiled. Sometimes they were mashed. And every so often they were baked. Then the next day with breakfast or lunch, we'd have the left over 'taters from the night before. Fried. Loved on the rare occasion that my Dad did the frying, cause he liked them just like I did. Crispy. Nothing to me like crispy home fried potatoes. And as an adult nothing like cutting those potatoes up and covering them in oil and fresh rosemary and broiling them.

Have I convinced you to get a bag or two? All you need is right here. The pick up date this year will be November 20th Noon to 7:30 p.m.

And a shout out to Aroostook Country Farmer Derek Kilcollins of Snow Road Farms in Bridgewater. Hard working farmer, and a Challenger visitor back in middle school.

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