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Community Gathers To Give Back Through Operation Harvest

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 YAKIMA, WA.- The Yakima Rotary Club held its annual Operation Harvest food drive Saturday.

Volunteers flooded the Salvation Army parking lot, collecting food and delivering it to nine local food banks in the area.

     Organizers for operation harvest told KNDO they have hundreds of volunteers participate in this food drive each year.

“The volunteers are from the rotary club, Boy Scout groups, Girl Scout groups, and businesses, you name it. The community really comes together and supports each other,” Lisa Sargent told us.

     The Yakima County Juvenile Restorative Community Service Program was even at the food drive.

     The program aims to help teens with troubled backgrounds integrate themselves into community events.

“It's about changing perception, it's about exposing these kids who are at risk who you know have made some mistakes, but showing them as a community people are coming together and doing something positive,” program leader Jonathan Umana told us.

     Operation Harvest chairman Mike Latimer told us their goal was to collect 35,000 dollars for food purchases and 50,000 pounds in food donations for the food drive this year.

     But he said that whatever the total ends up being, it's just enough to know they are helping people in the community.

“It's very fulfilling for everybody that does participate because we know its for a wonderful cause to help feed hungry families here in Yakima and to see the amount of cooperation we have in the community is just wonderful,” Latimer said.

     Operation harvest wraps up Saturday evening, but you can still make cash donations or volunteer your time at the Salvation Army on weekends.