The Potandon Foundation Announces its 2015 Award Recipients


Fri. February 26th, 2016
- by Jessica Donnel     

IDAHO FALLS, ID - Potandon Produce’s charitable organization, the Potandon Foundation, has announced the recipients of this year’s funding, choosing several Idaho organizations that serve local communities. With an initial donation of $5,000 from the company and voluntary on-going donations from the employees, the Potandon Foundation has raised nearly $30,000 to date.

“The employees at Potandon really get it. They enthusiastically help others and ask no recognition for it,” said Carly High, HR Coordinator at Potandon in a statement. 

From left to right: Stacy McAlevy (CASA), Jamey Higham (VP Sales Potandon), Lisa Swenson (VP Finance Potandon), Kristen Sanger (Snake River Animal Shelter), Joe Earnest (Idaho Legal Aid), Kary Ledbetter (Bingham Crisis Center for Women), Catherine Smith (Development & Donor Service Office, Idaho Community Foundation)

Recipients of the foundation money are local organizations who Potandon believes exemplify serving the citizens of Idaho in various ways. This year’s recipients were presented checks this morning at the Potandon Produce LLC Idaho Falls office, and include the following:

  • Stacy McAlevy, representing CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) a local group which supports the legal needs of abused and neglected children in the Idaho court system.
  • Kristin Sanger from the Snake River Animal Shelter, who’s efforts keep animals from being destroyed until they can find new families.
  • Joe Earnest, who represents Idaho Legal Aid, an organization that offers legal advice and assistance for low income families, victims of domestic abuse, and divorce and custody cases.
  • Kary Ledbetter, representing the Bingham Crisis Center, which offers victims of domestic violence or sexual assault shelter, material goods, advice on counselling, and other needed aid.
  • The Idaho Diabetes Youth Program, who unfortunately was not able to attend the event. 

According to a press release, the Potandon Foundation has supported many other local organizations in the past, including the Goodfellow Fund, Help, Inc., Idaho Falls Community Outreach, The Idaho Meth Project, Race to Feed the Hungry, and the Idaho Falls Food Bank. Funding from the Foundation goes to support clothing needs, household goods, and sponsorships for local kids to attend summer camp, computers, legal assistance, operational support, and food for Idaho citizens who need a helping hand.

These aren't the only charitable offerings that have been made by the Potandon Foundation, either. In the past, Potandon employees served hot meals to homeless people at the City of Refuge a local shelter, made food donations to various local charities through office canned food drives, provide Christmas gifts for families staying at local family shelter-Haven, and have a regular hat, coat, and glove drive to help people prepare for winter, just to name a few. 

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