The United Methodist Women (UMW) are once again gearing up for their 29th annual Potato Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall (422 W. Washington St.).

For just $10 anyone can enjoy a hearty loaded baked potato, veggies, bread and homemade dessert, and help raise money for the Stephenville School Supplies Project.

The UMW specifically advocates for women, children and the youth. Laurie Lively is the co-president of UMW and serves on the Stephenville School Supplies Project board, which aims to support local students in the purchasing of school supplies.

“It’s really a community thing. This event pulls everybody within our church and other churches,” Lively said. “We have a church that’s branching out to other churches and businesses, organizations and then all the people in the community that don’t go to our church; but they’re definitely helping us out, because it’s for a good cause. That’s why we keep doing it.”

The UMW has ordered 900 potatoes from Hard 8 to be cooked for those attending the luncheon. Lively said the whole congregation will whip up some chili as well. Guest can dine-in, take-out or get their potatoes delivered for orders of five or more.

Last year the UMW raised $6,000 and hopes to raise more this year. This event alone can help anywhere from 300-500 students locally, Lively told the E-T.

“So many children in our community need it,” she said.

Since the UMW has started working with the Stephenville School Supplies Project, the organization has been able to reach out to all students who qualify for reduced and free lunches.

“Really just the school supplies alone for a child is only $10 but we try to do a backpack in addition to that and we are trying to do a haircut with that,” Lively said. “H.O.P.E donates the backpacks.”

For the take-out and delivery options, all order forms must be turned in by Noon on Monday, March 27. Forms can be picked up at the church and for more information call 254-965-5046.