The United Methodist Women raised thousands of dollars Tuesday during the 23rd annual baked potato luncheon.

"It's a great way for the community to come in and have a bite to eat and at the same time they are helping a lot of people," said UWM member Charlene Boucher.

Proceeds are used to purchase school supplies for an estimated 400 students in Stephenville and support local and global missions.

"I am a retired teacher and children are very dear and very important to me. Many children today desperately need help with school supplies because of the economy," said LaVena Prichard. "It is our mission to aid them and their families with some of the expenses of school supplies."

The women work hard for days in advance to bake homemade desserts and prepare the potatoes and all the fixings.

"I enjoy the fellowship of working with all the ladies here," Boucher said.

The luncheon has grown in popularity and offers dine-in, carry-out and delivers orders to spud-hungry residents.

"It's a great cause for the children and schools," said Sue Angerhofer whose office ordered a dozen potatoes. "It's wonderful. They give you a good-size baked potato, make it the way you want and the price is great. You can't beat it."