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Tons Of Potatoes Donated To Southern Tier Groups

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Dozens of volunteers worked in Tioga County fields to harvest thousands of pounds of potatoes which were donated to food pantries.

The potato harvest started last Saturday on town of Owego property owned by Jackson Farms.

Children and adults spent several hours collecting the potatoes and puting them in buckets, boxes and bags.

The community project is organized by members of the Southern Tier Antique Tractor Club.

The club’s Jim Baker says several tons of potatoes were hauled away thanks to the volunteers who participated in the effort.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Baker said 13,272 pounds of potatoes were donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier; 4,011 pounds were given to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, better known as CHOW; and 2,236 pounds were provided for food programs in the Whitney Point area.

Baker said more than 40 large bags were filled with potatoes that couldn’t fit in the available trucks on Saturday.

Volunteers will be needed to finish the potato harvest. Baker said he hopes people will gather at the field at eight o’clock Saturday morning. The field is located off Route 17C in Campville, just west of Hanafin Marine.

You can learn more about the Southern Tier Antique Tractor Club here.

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