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Local groups organize to "Squash Hunger"

Updated: Sunday, January 19 2014, 09:51 PM CST
Posted by Don Yeager (DYeager@sbgtv.com)

The 2nd Annual "Squash Hunger" event is organized by the Greenhouse and the LEAF Project of Pennsylvania.  The group has recovered over 1,000 pounds of squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes from local farmers.  They gathered Saturday at the Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church to transform the recovered food into a delicious soup.  The soup will be donated to multiple hunger relief organizations in the central Pennsylvania area.

The produce that was recovered is considered to be the ‘seconds’ of harvest.  They are still edible and quite delicious but they have minor imperfections that make them difficult for farmers to sell.  Often times the seconds are used for compost or animal feed.  The Greenhouse works with local farmers to collect those items and then turn them into prepared food items that can be preserved and shared with the community members that need it most. This time around the finished product will be donated to the Shalom House of Harrisburg, the Catholic Worker House, Downtown Daily Bread, and New Hope Ministries. Local groups organize to "Squash Hunger"


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