Volunteers assemble 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes for donation to NKY food pantries, soup kitchens

COVINGTON, Ky. - The sight of thousands of sweet potatoes may surprise commuters going across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge on Tuesday morning.

More than 100 volunteers will help assemble 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes at the base of the bridge in Covington.

The potatoes will then be distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens and low-income housing areas.

The "Afternoon of Service" is put in conjunction with the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The conference is being held June 10-12 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

According to a release, other projects include delivering canned goods to food pantries, working at local missions, sewing tote bags for food pantries and writing letters to soldiers.

Visitor's bureau officials said they expect about 1,500 people to attend the conference. It should generate an estimated economic impact of more than $800,00.

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