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Sweet potato giveaway at food bank

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Jan 04 2013 06:21:17 PM CST
GREENVILLE -

42,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were delivered Thursday to The Food Bank of Eastern Carolina in Greenville.

The potatoes were free to the public and were available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The impromptu event came about on Wednesday when operation supervisor, Robert Speight, said he received a phone call from the Raleigh office asking if they wanted the donation.

The potatoes were donated from Southern Produce, a farming group that has partnered with the Food Bank for the last three years.

The pile of potatoes will provide more than 6,500 meals to the community. 

You can pick up the potatoes at the parking lot across the street from the food bank on West 9th Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Any unclaimed potatoes will be distributed to various groups on Monday.