The United Methodist Men of Neosho are gearing up for the annual Potato Soup Benefit, to be held on Friday.

The United Methodist Men of Neosho are gearing up for the annual Potato Soup Benefit, to be held on Friday.

The event will have two different times that potato soup lovers can enjoy. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner at 5-7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 224 S. Wood St. (downtown location).

Ticket prices are adults are $4 and children are $2. There will be take-out and delivery available. For more information, contact the church at 451-2310. To place an order, contact the church before 10 a.m. Friday.

Explaining the main purpose of the benefit is Bill Carlsten, president of the UMC Methodist Men.

“This is our 29th annual event,” he said. “The main purpose of this event is to raise money for the Neosho United Methodist Men, a large portion of the money goes to The Society of St. Andrew.”
Some of the proceeds also goes back to the Methodist Men for their projects.

“We have a scholarship for high school (student) and we charter Boy Scouts Troop 34 (the UMC’s troop).”

The ticket price includes soup, vegetables (carrots and celery), crackers, dessert and drink.

Thus far, Carlsten said the response has been great for the take out and delivery orders.

“I know of at least 250-300 take-outs that we probably do on Friday,” he said.
In preparation for the benefit, the Methodist Men and others will be cutting up potatoes starting at 4:30 p.m. today.

“We will be using 550 pounds of potatoes,” said Carlsten. “We wash the potatoes, cut them up and then the cooking starts early Friday morning.”

Aside from the Methodist Men helping, Carlsten noted that women from the church also help.

“It is a full congregation operation, it takes everybody. The women take care of the cakes, do the cooking and all of the cutting up of the potatoes. The men end up distributing the potatoes, peeling the potatoes, and some men work in the kitchen.”

Background information

The Society of St. Andrew is a grassroots, faith-based, hunger relief nonprofit working with all denominations to bridge the hunger gap.  
SOSA accepts donated items plus they glean fields of produce that commercial operations would otherwise plow under because it is in the corners of fields, it is of irregular size, or the yield is in surplus of the market. SOSA estimates over 96 billion pounds of is food wasted every year in this country. SOSA’s Web site is