Madison County Food Banks Get A “Sweet” Donation

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Food banks across Madison County got a sweet deal Saturday, as 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were distributed to the agencies.

Bright and early Saturday morning volunteers gathered at Asbury United Methodist Church to pack the pile of potatoes into sacks.

The spuds came from a farmer in North Carolina, who found himself with 9.3 million pounds of sweet potatoes that would otherwise just be thrown into a landfill.

The donation was part of an effort by the Society of St. Andrew, to get what would otherwise be wasted food onto the plates of hungry Americans.

"We have a lot of hungry people in this country and we have more than enough food to feed them if we can get it to them," said Mary Lynn Botts, coordinator of the event.

The potatoes were distributed to 15 different food banks, including Manna House and the Downtown Rescue Mission.

The 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes translates into about 120,000 servings.