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September 22, 2006
Volunteers picking corn today for the Food Bank
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Students from The Met School and Johnson & Wales University will be picking corn today at the University of Rhode Island for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
In partnership with the food bank, URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences planted five acres of corn and squash at its Agricultural Experiment Station in Kingston.
Rosie Connors, the food bank’s director of development and communications, called the planting and the harvest: “a perfect project."
Last Saturday, volunteers picked more than 10,000 pounds of corn.
“It’s a very meaningful donation,” she said. “This is a lot of food, a lot of great, nutritious, fresh food.”
And while fresh food is a little more difficult for the food bank to manage and distribute – the food bank is thrilled to have it, Connors said.
“Fresh produce is a delight,” she said.
The corn and squash was planted in stages so that it could be harvested in stages.
The food bank is looking for volunteers to harvest the squash next week. Anyone interested in helping, Connors said, can contact Kirsten French at the food bank, at 942-6325, ext. 212.
-- projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson
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