CARMEL, Ind. – More than 30 United Methodist volunteers filled the parking lot of Saint Mark’s UMC in Carmel Saturday morning, Dec. 3, to distribute 41,000 pounds of potatoes to food pantries and individuals in need.

The potatoes were packed in ten pound bags. The potato drop was part of the Society of St. Andrew’s food distribution program. The Society of St. Andrew, a national hunger organization that partners with United Methodist congregations, is noted for gleaning produce from harvested fields.

A farmer in Wisconsin donated the potatoes to the Society of St. Andrew, who transported them to Carmel. More than 38,000 pounds were picked up by 28 area service agencies, including seven United Methodist church pantries.

The remaining potatoes were shared among 126 families, who will be helped by this effort. Indiana United Methodist Men’s conference president Dave Martin led the project.

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