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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2007

Contact: Jen Nixon, public information officer
NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division
(919) 733-4216, ext 246

The 4th Annual Potato Drop to be held June 12
in observance of National Hunger Awareness Day
WHO/WHAT: Volunteers from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Society of Saint Andrew and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will bag more than 80,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to be distributed to the less fortunate. The community is invited to take part in the event.
WHEN: uesday, June 12
9 a.m.
WHERE: tate Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
I-40 Exit 297 (Lake Wheeler Road)
WHY: The event is being held in observance of National Hunger Awareness Day, and aims to raise awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in our state. It is estimated that more than 900,000 people go hungry in North Carolina each year.
OTHER INFO: This is the fourth year in a row that NCDA&CS employees and friends will tackle two large dump truck loads of sweet potatoes for National Hunger Awareness Day. The sweet potatoes are being donated by Nash Produce of Nashville.

A short program will kick off the event at 9 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a pair of garden gloves.

The event offers excellent visuals for television with the large amount of potatoes and the volunteers of all ages who participate in bagging and moving the produce into bins. The trucks will dump the potatoes around 7:30 a.m.



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047