FREEPORT — A Maine vodka and gin company is donating potatoes used in its distilling process to help the needy.

Maine Distilleries says it will donate one pound of potatoes to food banks in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for every bottle of its Cold River vodka and gin sold in those states during the first three months next year.

The Freeport company says the potatoes will be donated during next fall’s potato harvest to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, Maine, the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, N.H., and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Maine Distilleries gets its potatoes from a farm in Fryeburg run by one of the company’s partners.