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Church group volunteers help distribute potatoes to the needy

November 8, 2005

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Spuds and more spuds.

Four years ago, Kansas East United Methodist Men President Larry Kline went to Nashville, Tenn., and got involved with a sweet potato drop. After the success of delivering 40,000 pounds of yams all over the Nashville area, he decided to bring the idea to Lawrence - but with potatoes, not yams.

"We're helping the people in need. Going into Thanksgiving, it's a good time to have a potato drop," Kline, a Lawrence resident, said as he helped haul 1,000 pounds of spuds out of his truck and into the Salvation Army.

Kline and a handful of members from the Methodist Men volunteered their time and 2,700 pounds of potatoes to 10 shelters and food kitchens in Lawrence. Kline brought the potatoes from Valley Falls, where Methodist Men from the region gathered to divide 45,000 pounds of potatoes for distribution in northeast Kansas.

"I look forward to doing this every year," Kline said.

Emmett Mitchell, delivers one of dozens of bags of potatoes to the food pantry at the Salvation Army, 946 New Hampshire. United Methodist Men, a group of volunteers from Lawrence,  delivered 2,700 pounds of potatoes to 10 shelters and food kitchens in Lawrence Monday as part of a Northeast Kansas potato drop by the Methodist Church of Kansas.

Emmett Mitchell, delivers one of dozens of bags of potatoes to the food pantry at the Salvation Army, 946 New Hampshire. United Methodist Men, a group of volunteers from Lawrence, delivered 2,700 pounds of potatoes to 10 shelters and food kitchens in Lawrence Monday as part of a Northeast Kansas potato drop by the Methodist Church of Kansas.

And so do the agencies receiving the goods. Salvation Army Food Director Patti Gallup said she was grateful for the donation, especially because fresh produce is a rare drop-off item.

"I can make all kinds of things. Mashed, baked, scalloped - we got potatoes," Gallup said as she prepared the afternoon meal for Salvation Army residents.

Besides adding potatoes to the menu, she said she will put them in Thanksgiving boxes distributed to less fortunate families in Lawrence.

"We have about 200 families signed up for boxes already, so if we give them each a 5-pound bag, they won't last long," Gallup said. "Lots of people are hurting."

Comments

CanadianPassport 9 years, 5 months ago

Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing. But, why deliver regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes? Sweet potatoes are way better for you. But hey, let's just help make obesity a bigger problem among the poor, why not.

Ragingbear 9 years, 5 months ago

Potatoes are one of Nautre's perfect foods. Rich in starch, they tend to fill the stomache for longer periods than most other foods. They actually have suprisingly small amounts of overall calories in comparison to the size and density of the tuber. No fat or other "bad" things for you, and are relatively cheap.Sweet potatoes do have more glucose(sugar) in them than potatoes do, and will be digested and used quicker by the body. However, they too are a rather healthy food (compared to most of what us Americans eat.)

I don't see your tie-in to obesity making much sense though. The potato in of itself is not really an issue. It is only when fried/deep fried in any form does the artery clogging fats get added. I can guarantee that a dry potato without butter or oils eaten with every meal will actually help one lose weight rather than gain it.

Then again, I used to live in Idaho. And like Iowa and corn, we know what's up.

samsnewplace 9 years, 5 months ago

ragingbear...thank you for your words of wisdom as opposed to Canadian Passport who doesn't have a clue. This is a wonderful thing Mr. Kline and the other volunteers are doing here, helping those who are hungry. Thank God for people who still care about other people.

sleepyone 9 years, 5 months ago

Not to take away from what these people are doing but ragingbear is incorrect about the benefits of "regular" potatoes over sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of beta-carotene while potatoes have almost none. Also, the sweet potato have almost twice the fiber which helps slow down digestion. Because of this, sweet potaotes have a lower glycemic response. In fact diabetics are better off eating sweet potatoes over "regular" potatoes. Sweet, right? :)

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