By facilitating the preparation and distribution of baked potatoes to residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside in monthly Hot Potato Runs, The Initiative hopes to make a small difference in the lives of homeless Canadians by alleviating pressing hunger.
Potatoes are obtained for relatively little cost, efficiently prepared in large batch quantities, and hygienically distributed en-masse — all while serving as a healthy food. Furthermore, baking is the best method to prepare the potatoes with nutrient-retention in mind, and offering something as simple as a warm meal can uplift spirits and make all the difference.
Finally, The Hot Potato Initiative School Network Programme, currently comprising a team of over forty student ambassadors across twenty high schools in the Lower Mainland, engages youth within their school communities. These young ambassadors promote the organization and its mission through social media, word-of-mouth, and outreach.