CARMEL, Ind. – The Society of St. Andrew partnering with United Methodist Men of Indiana made its last Indiana potato distribution of the year, Dec. 8, in the parking lot of St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel.

Dave Martin of Noblesville, coordinator of the drop, told Together, “The drop of 42,000 pounds at St. Mark’s went off without a hitch. A little rain, but we kept the taters dry. Potatoes were very nice.”

Three dozen volunteers unloaded and distributed the potatoes to 24 food pantries and 62 families, who drove through the pick-up point. The potatoes came from Wisconsin on 21 skids and were delivered by the Society of St. Andrew, a national United Methodist-related gleaner ministry known as “America’s Premier Food Rescue and Distribution Ministry” (endhunger.org).

Here are the Indiana numbers from the United Methodist-related Society of St. Andrew from David McCleary, Indiana SoSA Hunger Relief Advocate for the Indiana Conference. The Society of St. Andrew had seven potato distributions in Indiana during 2012. The recent drops for November and December include:

  • Nov. 10 at Evansville with 42,000 pounds,
  • Nov. 17 at Franklin with 40,000 pounds,
  • Nov. 23 at Warsaw with 42,000 pounds, and
  • Dec. 8 at Carmel with 42,000 pounds.

Three gleanings also included Food Backpacks to an elementary school for 24 children to have food for weekends. Through November 2012, SoSA has provided or brought into Indiana a total of 378,811 pounds of food to help feed the hungry. Of that total, 107,379 pounds were gleaned and 289,432 pounds came through our Society of St. Andrew Potato and Produce Projects. Actual field and orchard gleanings were down this year compared to previous years, due to a severe drought that was the worst drought in decades.

The Society of St. Andrew is the premier gleaning organization in America, working with farmers, volunteers and agencies to help feed hungry Americans. SoSA is an Advance Special of The United Methodist Church. For more information, visit endhunger.org. For more information about Indiana SoSA, contact David McCleary at davemccleary@yahoo.com.

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Volunteers unloaded and distributed 42,000 pounds of potatoes Dec. 8 from the parking lot of St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel.

Together photo.