Potatoes can be baked, mashed, boiled and fried.

They can also help children.

In fact, for the past 22 years, the United Methodist Women of Stephenville has baked thousands of potatoes to do just that.

Every year, the group (with the help of a few good men) host a baked potato luncheon at the church and use the proceeds to purchase school supply kits for children in Stephenville.

Kim Cummings, president of UMW, said the worthwhile cause is something she looks forward to every year.

"In 2010 we provided kits for more than 150 kids in the school district," Cummings said. "The goal this year is to put together school supply kits for over 200 deserving children."

This year's luncheon will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and will consist of a large “loaded” baked potato, vegetables, bread and a homemade dessert for $6.

The public is invited to dine in the fellowship hall or lunches can be delivered to groups of five or more in Stephenville. Order forms are available at the church office by calling 965-5046.

Take out meals are also available. All take-out and delivery orders will be processed in the lower level of the Hutchinson Annex building.

Cummings said school supplies will be purchased in bulk in July and distributed to area children in early August.

Several years ago, the women decided to turn the event into more than just a day when kids are given new school supplies.

They wanted to make it a day that will help them get ready for the new school year.

On the day the kits are distributed at the church, students from Ranger Cosmetology will be on hand to offer free haircuts. The kids will also get to pick out a brand new backpack donated by the Salvation Army, and receive a coupon for a new pair of shoes from Payless Shoe Source.

"We wanted to get the community involved and help these kids begin the new school year in a positive way," Cummings said.