Is it possible to bag and give away 20,000 pounds of potatoes?

Yes it is, and it happened on Saturday, September 28!

The planning for the Praise and Potatoes event was a collaboration of 8 Norfolk Presbyterian churches (Calvin, First United, Knox, Lafayette, New Horizons, Oakdale, Royster Memorial, and Third), the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia's Hunger and Ministry Team, and the Society for St. Andrew. The event was held at Oakdale Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.

20,000 pounds of North Carolina potatoes (some were even heart-shaped - "Love Potatoes") were delivered, divided in 10 pound bags by church volunteers, boy's & girl's scout troops and others, and distributed to anyone who wanted them. Churches and other agencies were included in the giveaway.

Along with the potatoes, there was music, free bagged lunches, and clothing were available for the taking. You could even sample fresh cut french fries!

The leadership team for the event was the Rev. Brian Harroff (Royster Memorial, pictured right), Jessica Fitzgerald (Presbytery of Eastern Virginia's Hunger Action Advocate & Administrative Assistant, pictured right), the Rev. Ted Hanawalt (Lafayette), the Rev. Gini Campbell (Third), and Nancy McKay (Knox).

“What should we do then?”
the crowd asked.

John answered,
“Anyone who has two shirts
should share with
the one who has none,
and anyone who has food
should do the same.

Luke 3:10-11
Read the article that appeared in the Virginia Pilot On-line.
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