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​Kutztown University joins forces with community to combat hunger

Kutztown University has donated nearly 20 acres of land to the Potato Project. Created by local residents, the project was started as an attempt to combat local hunger issues.  More than 60 acres are farmed throughout Berks County and the crops donated to local food banks. 

The project began in 2009 on one acre and harvested roughly 29,000 pounds of potatoes. In 2017, the Potato Project, consisting of more 650 volunteers, harvested and donated approximately 250,000 pounds of potatoes, carrots, sweet corn and other vegetables.

Kutztown University’s Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center donated use of land and equipment and provides hundreds of volunteers to the project.