Individuals will have a chance to get a bite of a cause benefiting the community through The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma’s annual baked potato fundraiser for United Way at 11 a.m. Sept. 25.
Family Shelter Director Kathy Manning said the shelter puts on a fundraiser for the United Way of South Central Oklahoma each year to help give back to the organization, which supports the shelter in many ways.
In the past, the shelter has sold indian tacos, but this year plain, buttered, cheesy, or loaded baked potatoes are on the menu. Prices range from $4 to $8, with a plain potato being the least expensive and a ‘taco spud’ being at the top of the price range.
The fundraiser is a ‘win-win’ for individuals because by buying a potato, they are not only getting good food, but supporting growth in the community, Manning said. “It helps so many other agencies in other capacities,” she said.
All proceeds go to United Way, which then allocates them to various agencies that provide social, humanitarian and emergency needs for individuals in Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray Counties.
United Way has helped the Family Shelter maintain its three facilities for several years and also contributes to the organization in many unexpected ways, Manning said. Transportation for clients and other client services are just a few of the ways United Way helps out, she said.
The Family Shelter sold 199 potatoes during last year’s fundraiser and is hoping to up the number to 250 potatoes this year. “We want to make this the best one yet,” Manning said.
The deadline to order is Sept. 23, Manning said. Orders of 10 or more potatoes will be delivered and all other orders can be picked up at 402 Pawnee St.
To place an order, call 580-226-3750 and ask for Nita. Order sheets can also be emailed to or faxed to 580-226-6470.