How many people can be feed with 40,000 lbs of potatoes? The members of five local churches in Orange do not know but they will be distributing 40,000 pounds of potatoes to area food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and individuals to find out.

The Second Sharefest of Orange will take place on Saturday, April 6 at First United Methodist Church of Orange, 502 North 6th Street.

“The potatoes are free. We are asking organizations to call the church at (409-886-7466) so that we may have your orders reserved”, says Rev. John Warren, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist.

The potatoes will be given to organizations in 50 lb bags. Individuals are asked to bring used plastic grocery bags in order to get free potatoes for their families.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer to help in the distribution will need to register. Registration forms may be obtained at any of the five churches hosting this one day mission project; Faith United Methodist Church-Orange, First Presbyterian Church-Orange, First United Methodist Church-Orange, Salem United Methodist Church-Orange or Wesley United Methodist Church-Orange.  Registration will also be availabe at Slade Chapel at First United Methodist Church Orange on April 6.

The program begins in the chapel at 8 a.m. with a devotional and training. The distribution will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 2 p.m. or until there are no more potatoes. The potatoes are offered free because the potatoes are being gleaned from the potato fields in Alabama through an ecumenical mission organization called The Society of St. Andrew, whose mission is to feed the hungry of this country. The churches simply pay for the shipping cost of $1000-$2000. If individuals would like to donate funds to help in the shipping cost, a collection box will be available for folks to drive by and donate.