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Volunteers needed for sweet potato drop

November 11, 2010

By GWEN SISSON
sdnlife@bellsouth.net

Volunteers are needed to help bag up sweet potatoes to give out to needy families as part of Friday’s War on Hunger Sweet Potato Drop event.
The War on Hunger Sweet Potato Drop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday in the Palmeiro Center parking lot on the Mississippi State University campus.
Kristine Dixon, one of the organizers for Friday’s War on Hunger, said that volunteers will be bagging sweet potatoes that did not get collected from the field to be sold to grocery stores, etc. and the bags will then be delivered all around the area to families in need, shelters, etc.
The event is sponsored by the MSU Student Dietetic Association and Sigma Alpha Lambda, who are working with the Society of St. Andrew, which gleans fields across Mississippi, to provide hungry families with fresh produce. Dixon said there will be a variety of students at Friday’s event.
“This event will not only show the diversity of MSU students working together, but it will show us working together for a cause,” Dixon said.
Stephanie Allen, one of the organizers for Friday’s event, said working with the Society of St. Andrew has been wonderful.
“The Society of St. Andrew will be in charge of bringing the potatoes to the MSU campus and will also be in charge of figuring out where the potatoes will be distributed to when we are finished bagging them up,” Allen said.
Allen said most of the bags will go to the Mississippi Food Network. 
The Society of St. Andrew has delivered a total of over 1.3 pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to the needy in Mississippi through our Potato and Produce Project. This has resulted in about 3.9 million servings of food going to Mississippi’s hungry.
The Society of St. Andrew operates a volunteer-driven Gleaning Network in Mississippi that includes volunteers who save fresh produce every year and use it to feed hungry people all across the state.
Through the Mississippi Gleaning Network, the Society of St. Andrew coordinates volunteers in many areas of the state who actually enter fields after farmers have finished harvesting and simply pick up the tons of good produce left behind. Volunteers represent groups from various church denominations, synagogues, youth groups, other civic organizations, individuals, and inner city residents.
For more information about Friday’s event, contact Stephanie Allen at 662-809-7833 or e-mail: her at sma114@msstate.edu, or contact Chiquita Briley at 325-0240 or e-mail at cbriley@fsnhp.msstate.edu.

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