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Duke University bags thousands of potatoes to feed the hungry

Posted August 30, 2015

Forty thousand pounds of potatoes are bagged and ready to feed those who could use some help.

— Forty thousand pounds of potatoes are bagged and ready to feed those who could use some help.

Duke University’s community spent Saturday sorting and bagging the potatoes into 10-pound sacks.

The potatoes, which came from farms in the area, were ones that didn’t make the aesthetic cut to be sold to supermarkets.

The bags will be donated to charities including the Durham Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries of Durham, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.


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  • Wayne Boyd Aug 31, 2015
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    I maintain a car wash about 600 yards from one of those free food distribution places and every food give away day my trash cans (6-30 gallon ones) are so filled with free food I can hardly get them out of the cavities where the containers are located. I've maintained government subsidized houses and when the tenants would move the rent centers would come to claim their furniture and they'd usually just pay me to haul it away it was so torn up.
    One house I replaced 21 window glasses in it, painted it inside put in three rooms of new carpet and remodeled the bathroom, replaced the electric range, and installed new kitchen faucets and rescreened the back porch.
    The tenant lived there from Jan 4th until May 7th when she was arrested for drugs, she got out in August and when I went back in the home it cost the landlord $4200.00 to get it back into a livable home again If it cost you nothing 99 out of a hundred won't appreciate it.

  • Anne Havisham Aug 30, 2015
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    Excellent! I attended a private university, and was one of very few people I met there who had worked for a living. Few of my classmates knew of the challenges facing the middle class, and none knew of poverty. Their generosity not only feeds people in need, but also nurtures compassion in them, people who may not have known financial hardship firsthand, but who will now be more aware of it.