Potato growers in the Pacific Northwest are tackling hunger this fall with a friendly wager on a football rivalry.
The Oregon Potato Commission and the Washington State Potato Commission plan to bet on the outcome of the Nov. 8 game between Oregon State University and Washington State University, according to a news release.
The losing team’s state potato commission agrees to donate 500 pounds of potatoes for every point scored in Saturday’s game to a food bank in the other team’s state. The delivery will be made in upcoming weeks, one of the busiest times of the year for food banks.
“The last three seasons when Oregon State and Washington State have played, the teams have combined to score an average of 55 points per game,” Chris Voigt, executive director for the Washington commission, said in a news release. “That could be a lot of potatoes going to food banks.”
In addition to the wager, the commissions plan to host a baked potato bar outside the stadium, while collection donations for Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger.
“The need for food assistance in Washington and Oregon and beyond is real, and even though this is a fun way to raise awareness, the opportunity to do our part and help with the demand food banks face this time of year is why we are most interested in having the wager,” said Bill Brewer, executive director for the Oregon Commission, in the release.