Ten tons of sweet potatoes were delivered to an area food bank earlier this week — and more could be on the way soon.

The delivery happened Wednesday at Mama J’s Helping Hand in Sneads Ferry.

“(Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina) delivered over 10 tons of sweet potatoes to us Wednesday,” said Jeanette Lopez, founder and CEO of Mama J’s Helping Hand. And this isn’t the first truckload of fresh produce the nonprofit has received; a similar shipment of watermelon was delivered just last month.

“We’ve started to make a dent in giving away the sweet potatoes, but there’s a lot of them. There’s still a good bit left,” Lopez said.

The community is invited to help themselves to the potatoes. Donations will be accepted.

The sweet potatoes were delivered by the New Bern branch of Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (CENC).

“I try as often as possible to get truckloads like this. I shop with Food Bank CENC on a weekly basis, but when they have free food that they can deliver to us it’s great,” Lopez said.

Mama J’s Helping Hand is a local community outreach program that specializes in feeding and clothing families in need, according to information on their website.

Located at 2205 N.C. 172, the food bank serves upwards of 800 people a month.

“We’re also starting a hydroponic and aquaponic room to grow herbs and vegetables. The fish will work to feed the plants and the plants feed the fish. We’ve already started growing vegetables,” Lopez said. 

Mama J’s Helping Hand hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit MamaJsHelpingHand.com or call 910-327-1302.