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Longtime Northwest Harvest employee retires

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A longtime Northwest Harvest employee in Yakima is retiring this month after many years of service.

Rosemary Rief played a major role in putting together the organization's many food drives and fundraisers for 15 years.

She joined the organization after retiring as a teacher in the Yakima School District. Rief said Northwest Harvest approached her after she stopped teaching.

"It's been a romance, I just absolutely love this community and the generous people here. The things they can do to help those who are experiencing hunger," said Rief.

Rief said when she first started 15 years ago; the Yakima warehouse only served about 12 food banks.

They now serve up to 50 food banks throughout the year.