Several years ago, the management and ownership of Potandon Produce established a charitable organization which would be known as The Potandon Foundation. The company made an initial donation in 2012 to the Foundation to get things rolling. Voluntary on-going donations from the employees have been the Foundation’s main source of income since then, and the support has been very generous. The Foundation is managed by the Idaho Community Foundation, an organization that specializes in connecting charities with groups in need of funding. Recipients of the foundation money are local organizations who exemplify serving the citizens of Idaho in various ways.
The 2016 recipients were presented checks earlier this year at the Potandon Produce LLC Idaho Falls office. In attendance was 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 was also present and she spoke for several moments on how the shelter provides relief by re-housing pets and sheltering domestic animals across the Snake River Plain. Their efforts keep animals from being destroyed until they can find new families. Idaho Legal Aid was also awarded funding, and Joe Earnest represented them in the brief ceremony. The group offers legal advice and assistance for low income families, victims of domestic abuse, and divorce and custody cases. The Bingham Crisis Center was represented by Kary Ledbetter, who expressed thanks to Potandon for their support. The center offers victims of domestic violence or sexual assault shelter, material goods, advice on counselling, and other needed aid. Also awarded a grant was the Idaho Diabetes Youth Program, however due to scheduling were unable to attend.
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.