USM students help the hungry during second annual Sweet Potato Drop

USM students help the hungry during second annual Sweet Potato Drop

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of University of Southern Mississippi students did their part Wednesday to help people suffering from food insecurity in the Pine Belt.

They bagged about 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes as part of the university's second annual Sweet Potato Drop.

The event is coordinated by USM's Center for Community Engagement and the Society of St. Andrew.

The sweet potatoes were salvaged produce from a farm in Vardaman, Mississippi and they were unloaded by an 18-wheeler near the Cook Library.

"It's fun to hang out with friends and bag potatoes, but it's also going for a good cause and you're going to help a lot of people," said Jennifer Arnoult, a sophomore from Pass Christian.

"That's one of the basic things that all us humans need is food, water and shelter, so me helping them getting food is just going to help make the world a better place, hopefully," said Earl Stoudemire, a freshman student.

Student volunteers spent several hours bagging the potatoes, which were then donated to the Edwards Street Fellowship Center, the Salvation Army and Christian Services, Inc.