November 6, 2013

RPE Gives Back By Donating To Yolo County Food Bank

TODAY, RPE Inc. and Tasteful Selections donated 20,000 pounds of Idaho russet potatoes to the Yolo Food Bank.  After RPE hosted the Tasteful Selections Trucktoberfest Showdown in West Sacramento in California’s Yolo County last month, Tasteful Selections wanted to give back to a great area that was so good to them during their event.

At the Showdown, local celebrity Kat Maudru, The Chairman Food Truck co-owner Kevin Kiwata, and Development Director of Yolo Food Bank Linda Zablotny-Hurst judged the event. The $1,000 grand prize went to Swabbies, known as the best Sacramento live music venue and restaurant on the river, which created a purple potato gnocchi dish with fresh marinara sauce.

Tasteful Selections originally planned to donate a pound of potatoes to Yolo Food Bank for every pound of potatoes sold during Trucktoberfest. After learning more about Yolo County, which has a food insecurity level of 17 percent, Tasteful Selections decided to increase that donation to 20,000 pounds, which will be distributed to families in need.
“At RPE we love to give back to the community,” said Russell Wysocki, CEO and President of RPE, “and we’re excited to help Yolo Food Bank bring the holidays to people throughout the county.”

The donation will be arrive just in time for the Thanksgiving season and the food bank’s holiday distribution program, which brings holiday meals to local families in need each November, December and March. The holiday distribution program feeds more than 15,000 residents of Yolo County annually.

Tasteful Selections LLC is a joint venture of RPE, CSS Farms and Plover River Farms Alliance Inc. and a vertically integrated grower, shipper, marketer of premium specialty potatoes with unique attributes for size and flavor. A second-generation family farm, RPE prides itself on maintaining a high level of business integrity that includes commitments to environmental sustainability, as well as category innovation and retail solutions.