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40,000 pounds of spuds bound for Winthrop

Potatoes are headed for Winthrop University. A whole truckload of 'em.

A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of spuds will dump its load next week on a main campus lawn. Then it's up to students to sort and distribute the potatoes to area food pantries. It's part of the upcoming Hunger Week, an event to raise awareness about food shortages.

Campus ministries will come together April 12-15 for events around the theme "Facing the Realities of Hunger: Embracing Our Role in the Fight."

"We've never had one big push for hunger awareness in the spring," said Narcie Jeter, head of Winthrop's Wesley Foundation for Methodist students. "Instead of just focusing on hunger at one point during the year, we would like to make it a year-round focus for students."

All events are open to the public.

MOVIE SCREENING: 8 p.m. April 12, Tillman Auditorium. Screening of the film "Bananas!", which explores the global politics behind access to food.

POTATO DROP: 11 a.m. April 13, Dinkins Student Center lawn. With help from the nonprofit St. Andrews Society, a truckload of 40,000 pounds of potatoes will be delivered for volunteers to bag and distribute. The activity takes four hours.

LECTURE: 7 p.m. April 14, Tillman Auditorium. Gregory Sims of Bread for the World will talk about ways to combat poverty.

HUNGER BANQUET: 7 p.m. April 15, McBryde Hall. Participants will be divided into three groups and served different amounts of food. The goal is to learn about disparities around the world. Proceeds go toward Haiti earthquake relief.

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