More than 200 volunteers harvest food for hungry



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 ( ) reports volunteers gathered an estimated 30,000 tons 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.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,