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Published June 11, 2010, 09:15 AM

Montana farmer donates 60,000 pounds of spuds

HELENA, Mont. — The Salvation Army is overseeing the distribution of a semi load of potatoes a Helena-area farmer donated rather than seeing them go to waste in a down market.

HELENA, Mont. — The Salvation Army is overseeing the distribution of a semi load of potatoes a Helena-area farmer donated rather than seeing them go to waste in a down market.

Social services director Carolyn Mercer says the Salvation Army contacted other social service organizations and local churches, who were getting the word out to those in need.

By Thursday at 2 p.m., they had given away an estimated two or three tons out of about 30 tons, or 60,000 pounds, of spuds piled outside the Salvation Army’s office.

Mercer says some families who stopped by had been out of work for a month or more and didn’t have money to buy food. She says the potatoes were a blessing for them.

Mercer says the Salvation Army was honored that the farmer chose them to distribute the donated potatoes.

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