More than 200 volunteers harvest food for hungry

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- More than 200 volunteers harvested fruit and vegetables over the weekend to provide fresh produce to the hungry.

The produce -- mostly apples -- went to Second Harvest for distribution to the organization's food bank network across 21 eastern Washington and five North Idaho counties.

The Spokesman Review (http://bit.ly/v9sKPL ) reports volunteers gathered an estimated 30,000 pounds of produce.

The annual end-of-season harvest began in 2007, with a handful of volunteers picking less than 6,000 pounds of produce. Since then, the effort has grown substantially,

Volunteers came from Spokane-area high schools, Fairchild Air Force Base and local service clubs for the Saturday morning harvest.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com