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High School students pick fruit for the hungry and for school

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.-- A 4 day gleaning Pick-A-Thon to gather fruit for Northwest Harvest wrapped up Thursday.

Students from La Salle High School in Yakima used the opportunity to volunteer, and raise money for their school.

As of Thursday afternoon they had picked about 20,000 lbs. of fresh fruit hoping to get a couple thousand more off the trees Thursday.

La Salle High school used this gleaning event to raise money for scholarships, student activities and even their sister school in Kenya.
La Salle Parents and the community sponsored and donated to students to go out and pick for Northwest Harvest.

Northwest Harvest said on Wednesday students also helped pack and process food to go out to food banks, food that will help thousands of families around the area.

"It's an opportunity for us to get this beautiful fresh produce into the hands of folks who couldn't afford it otherwise," said Jami Willard of Northwest Harvest.

"It means a lot, like a lot a lot. It's really cool to be able to know that something you do directly affects other people and helps them," said Laura Spencer, a student at La Salle High School.

Gleaning events like this not only help farmers by getting rid of the leftover fruit, but they also work as a way for food banks and organizations like Northwest Harvest to stock up on expensive produce.