Volunteers bag mountain of sweet potatoes for food pantries

Jun 11, 2013

More than a hundred volunteers from the Kentucky United Methodist Church Annual Convention, local hospitality organizations and the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau dug into a massive job Tuesday afternoon. 

They gathered in Covington, near the Roebling Suspension Bridge, to bag 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes that will be sent to local food pantries and ministries.

The sweet potatoes were donated by The Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Network, which collects excess produce from farmers and distributes it to agencies that serve the poor, Julie Love, Director of Connectional Ministries said.

The potato distribution "takes the Bible and makes it live," said Val Holland, who was in charge of the event. "People have been gleaning for the poor since the time of Ruth and Naomi, and we are still doing it today."

Tuesday's potato drop was one of 15 activities during the afternoon to benefit the Northern Kentucky area.