Little Kanawha District March 13, 2021, ‘potato drop’


On March 13, 2021, twenty seven men from the Little Kanawha District gathered in Parkersburg to pick up a shipment of potatoes from the Society of St. Andrew. With the help of the employees of Peoples Cartage, the men loaded potatoes into their pickup trucks, vans, trailers and cars. They then distributed 42,000 pounds of potatoes to food pantries in seven of the district’s eight counties.

The potatoes distributed March 13 were grown in Maine and gleaned by the Society of Saint Andrew. The men raise the money in their local churches to pay the freight cost.

The Little Kanawha District men typically distribute potatoes twice a year — in the early Spring and before Christmas.

Norman Cowart (green cap) hands out assignments at Edgelawn United Methodist Church in Parkersburg before drivers and helpers fanned out across the region to deliver potatoes to food pantries in seven counties.

Men from the Little Kanawha District load potatoes at Peoples Cartage in Parkersburg. The company provides space to store the potatoes from the time the spuds are delivered to the time the potatoes are loaded for distribution. Peoples Cartage employees volunteer to help with the load-out using company forklifts.