Friday, August 24, 2012

40,000 Pounds of Sweet Potatoes

Early this morning, somebody came along in a great big truck and dumped 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes  on the ground beside our picnic shelter.

What gives?

It's called a "Potato Drop." It's a program of the SOCIETY OF SAINT ANDREW (SOSA). Later this afternoon, volunteers from Covenant, from other local churches, from Manna Food Bank, and from SOSA will come to our property to bag and box those sweet potatoes for distribution to the needy. They'll be working tomorrow as well. Come on over if you'd like to get in on the fun!

SOSA is a Christian organization that rescues commercial produce that would otherwise be thrown away, and gets it into programs that feed the hungry. The potatoes pictured above are perfectly edible, but they're not very pretty. The growers can't sell them, so they donate them to SOSA. SOSA pays for the transportation, and then volunteers do the labor. It's a beautiful system, and it helps a lot of people.

Robin Augram and Dori Jones
Covenant members have also been involved in gleaning corn fields and apple orchards. A couple Saturdays ago Paris Eldridge, Bob Muery, and Angie Parker went to a cornfield and gleaned 50 bushels of corn. Then on Monday of this week, Robin Augram and Dori Jones participated in a SOSA GLEANING AT BILTMORE ESTATE.

All of this has come out of the Covenant Community Garden, which has been distributing more and more food to needy persons both inside and outside the Covenant family. People from other gardens have actually been contacting US to help them distribute their food!

If you can't make it this afternoon or tomorrow, don't worry. SOSA has already lined up plenty of volunteers from other organizations. AND, you'll have another opportunity to participate in a Potato Drop at Covenant on FAITH IN ACTION SUNDAY!

In the meantime, check out these pictures ...

Angie Parker
Griffen Parker
Paris Eldridge, who started the Covenant Community Garden, which led to our involvement in SOSA
Yes, that is a sweet potato!

I wish I had remembered that those sweet potatoes were muddy before I sat down in my nice white shirt!


  1. Angie and I also had the pleasure of gleaning white potatoes in Mills River two weeks ago too. Blessed and grateful. Hopefully this ministry and other food ministries will continue and grow to make a much bigger difference in our community. End hunger. Future dream~ a church food pantry with a walk in cooler. RRA

    1. I agree. End hunger! There's not reason for it. I saw on the news the other day that America throws away something like 40% of its food. And yes, like you said, it's looking like God is calling Covenant into a serious FOOD ministry.

  2. Great pictures ...although I was glad to see the pile disappear. It was fun to work along side people from Covenant as well as other local folks to get food to people who need it.

    1. I was amazed when I was told this morning (Saturday) that by 8:15 the pile was down to 2500 pounds!