Sweet Harvest Will Feed 80,000 People

Oct 25, 2013

More than 100 4-H members from Caddo County spent their Friday morning picking thousands of pounds of sweet potatoes that will be donated to the hungry just in time for Thanksgiving.

Credit Wally Hartshorn /

The students picked an estimated 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes. Once cleaned, the potatoes will be donated to the fourth annual Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive. The food drive benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and partner agencies across the state.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau arranged the event. Farm Bureau President Roland Pederson says the sweet potatoes will feed an estimated 80,000 people. The sweet potatoes are leftovers that are smaller and unable to be sold.

Ten-year-old Justin Gilbert says he took part because he enjoys working on farms and helping people.


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