The Harry Kay Story

Harry Kay was born in 1917 to Russian Jewish immigrants. He dropped out of school to help support his family, working in a diner. He developed a new way to process potatoes, and in 1953, he moved his family to St. Paul to build a potato processing plant. By the time of his death in 1983, he had created Processed Potatoes Inc., a successful company that employed over 1,000 people


As Kay became more successful, his Jewish identity became increasingly important to him. He established the Harry Kay Foundation in 1983, which has since provided more than $25 million for a variety of causes in Minnesota and Israel. The foundation supports a wide range of Jewish organizations, including schools, synagogues, and social service agencies. It also provides scholarships to Jewish students and supports programs that promote Jewish identity and heritage. The foundation’s work has made a significant difference in the lives of many people.