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Giant Potato Raises Awareness for Meals on Wheels

Giant potato replica at the Reasor's parking lot in Sand Springs

A giant potato rolled into the Tulsa area on Wednesday.

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck visited the Tulsa area on its way across the country to raise funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission.

A 48-foot-long flatbed trailer hauled the 28-foot-long, 12-foot-wide, 12-foot-tall potato replica.

Shoppers at the Sand Springs Reasor's in the 3800 block of South Highway 97 had an opportunity to see the potato replica{}between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Weighing in at six tons, the Great Big Idaho Potato is traversing the country to help raise funds and awareness for the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), the oldest and largest national organization dedicated to helping end senior hunger.

This national organization represents more than 5000 MOWAA programs across the country that prepare and deliver more than one million meals each day to homebound seniors.

Meals on Wheels estimated that on any given day, there are between 800,000 and 1.7 million volunteers donating their time and often their own resources to make sure senior citizens in their communities are nourished.

The first home-delivered meal program in the United States began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in January 1954.

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