Reporter: Melinda Zosh
Forest, VA - Some locals spent their morning packing potatoes to send to people in need around the state. It took about 100 volunteers to bag up 42,000 lbs. worth! They came out to Mountain View United Methodist Church in Forest.
They bagged and stacked all the potatoes, which are set aside for about a dozen agencies throughout Virginia, including places like the Daily Bread and the Salvation Army. A non-profit based in Big Island, called the Society of Saint Andrew, makes it all happen.
"What we're doing is we're taking this perfectly good food that's just not perfect enough for grocery stores and we're giving it to people that need food," said Mike Waldmann, Executive Director of Society of St. Andrew.
"Part of our mission is to reach out to people in need. That's what Christ has shared with us, reach out to those in need and feed the hungry, and this is one way, a small way, that we can be a part of that," said Steven Propst, Pastor of Mountain View United Methodist Church.
Organizers say all those potatoes will make about 120,000 servings! If you'd like to learn more about the Society of St. Andrew go here: http://www.endhunger.org/