Photos: 40,000 Pounds of Sweet Potatoes Dropped, Delivered in Covington
A truck carrying more than 40,000 pounds of fresh sweet potatoes dropped them off on the banks of the Ohio River underneath the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington on Tuesday afternoon.
Those potatoes will be delivered in ten-pound bags to various food pantires, soup kitchens, and low-income housing areas in and around Covington.
More than one hundred volunteers from the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Northern Kentucky hospitality community assembled the bags for delivery as part of their day of service.
"We believe that if we come to a community for a meeting that we ought to serve the community and not just meet in our hotel," said Bishop Lindsey Davis, who oversees the more than eight hundred United Methodist congregations throughout the Commonwealth. A couple thousand Kentucky Methodists are enjoying a week at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and the surrounding hotels and restaurants.
The Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates an economic impact of more than $800,000 directly tied to this convention.
"We always enjoy being here," Bishop Davis said. "It is very convenient. The convention and visitors bureau and the local government knocked themselves out to help us."
As for the sweet potatoes, which come direct from North Carolina by way of the Society of St. Andrew, the Methodists will deliver them over the next few days. "The sweet potato is a very healthy, nutritional food," Bishop Davis said of why the vegetable was chosen.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News