Mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin and other tuber-based dishes are the core of many people’s holiday festivities.
But even in its simplest form, the basic food staple can also be a lifesaving boon to family dealing with food insecurity.
Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin will distribute 42,000 pounds of potatoes at its first-ever Potato Drop on Nov. 17. The men’s ministry at the church will open a semitrailer and pass out as many bags of tubers as they can.
Church leaders wanted to do something different to help needy families in the area and help ease hunger.
“For us, as people are going through the holidays, it’s another reminder that we have a beautiful community that wishes to help others,” said the Rev. Andy Kinsey, lead pastor at Grace. “We’re going to provide a way for people to receive these potatoes.”