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'Sweet Potato Drop' helps the hungry in Hattiesburg

Student volunteers load bags of sweet potatoes during the "Sweet Potato Drop" Saturday. Photo credit WDAM. Student volunteers load bags of sweet potatoes during the "Sweet Potato Drop" Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Dozens of University of Southern Mississippi students and community volunteers worked together Saturday to help fight hunger in the Hattiesburg area.

They bagged and loaded hundreds of pounds of donated sweet potatoes during the first, "Sweet Potato Drop" at the Payne Center.

The vegetables were grown in north Mississippi and were delivered Saturday morning.

They were distributed to Christian Services, Inc., the Edwards Street Fellowship Center and the Salvation Army.

"Everybody came together and it was a good collaborative effort, so it was fun," said Jordan Marshall, a sophomore volunteer.    

"I learned a lot more about the area and the need for stuff like this in our area and it just made me feel good when I came out to support it," said Erin Crater, a freshman volunteer.  

"When you've got this many sweet potatoes, you can definitely get adventurous in what we get to provide to our clients and the people coming in to eat with us," said Jim Prout, executive director of Christian Services, Inc.   

USM's Center for Community and Civic Engagement coordinated the event. 

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