Potato farmers make huge donation - WNEM TV 5

Potato farmers make huge donation

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Marcia Reeves works with the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw and she got quite a shock this morning.

She knew the Johnson Potato Farm and the Hampton Potato Growers were making a donation today, but she wasn't prepared for how just how big that donation was.

"The need for food is out there, we know that," said Marcia Reeves, City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, "And we were pleasantly surprised with an abundance of potatoes. We were expecting about 500 pounds and we were blessed with 1,300 pounds of potatoes."

The 1,300 pounds of potatoes that were picked up will be part of the bi-monthly food distribution here at the City Rescue Mission, that's scheduled for tomorrow.

The Johnsons say it's just their way of helping out those in need.

"There's a lot of families in need out there, so we're just trying to help the little bit we can," said Bill Johnson.

According to Johnson, this year was far from your typical potato growing season.

"The potato crop was challenging. We had a severe drought for like 10 weeks, and then the drought got replaced with 15 inches of rain, which is way too much, so our crop's been a challenge," Johnson said. "We've been doing it the last couple years. It's just a good feeling to help out people this time of year."

Mission workers say they're very grateful for all the donations they received so they're able to give people a helping hand.

"Our goal is to be a blessing to our community as well as the individuals and the families that actually live here at the rescue mission." Reeves said.

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