Baked Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes … Potatoes everywhere

Q: What does a highway cleanup team do with tractor trailer load of potatoes scattered all over Route 113 in Milford? Make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes or French fries?

A: Nope! They donate the salvaged potatoes to the Food Bank of Delaware!

Thanks to the generosity of the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) Highway cleanup team, hungry Delawareans will have an influx of potatoes in the coming days!

According to a report from The News Journal, a tractor-trailer driver pulling a load of potatoes failed to stop for an oncoming train on Sunday afternoon causing a collision. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but you can imagine the cleanup that was involved. Route 113 was closed in both directions for several hours. Highway officials separated the spilled spuds in two loads – salvagable and nonsalvagable. The potatoes that were not salvagable were dumped, but all of the potatoes that were still in good condition for consumption were donated to us!

In the coming days we’ll have volunteers help us sort through all of the potatoes and bag them up for hungry Delawareans.

Check out some pictures from this morning’s drop off:


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