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42,000 lbs of potatoes distributed under 3 hours at Potato Drop

Source: Potato Drop officials Source: Potato Drop officials

The Potato Drop truck arrived in Evansville early Saturday morning from Stevens Point, Wisconsin that contained a load of 42,000 pounds of potatoes.

The potatoes are commercially unmarketable due to size and/or slight blemishes that were donated by a local farmer in Wisconsin to the Society of St. Andrew.

26 volunteers from Old North United Methodist Church and Central United Methodist Church distributed 39,620 pounds of potatoes to 27 local food agencies, and 2,380 pounds to individuals that will feed over 169 local families.

This is the third year Old North UMC and Central UMC has organized the Potato Drop resulting in over 127,000 pounds of potatoes distributed to the Evansville area. These two churches hope to make this an annual event; however, it depends on funding and the availability of potatoes.

For more information about the Evansville Potato Drop, or to make a donation toward the transportation and packaging costs that range from $3,500 to $4,500 per truckload, please send an e-mail to evansvillepotatodrop@gmail.com.

For more information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger relief programs call 800-333-4597, e-mail sosainfo@endhunger.org, or go online to www.endhunger.org.  

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