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Eighth graders help to bag the large amount of uncooked macaroni that had been recently delivered to Community Harvest Food Bank.On Oct. 1, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School 8th graders visited Community Harvest Food Bank for a tour and to work as volunteers. The 56 8th graders, along with their homeroom teachers Mrs. Jodi Jump and Mrs. Deb Brough and 10 parent chaperones, were given a tour and overview of the large facility on Tillman Road by Programs Manager Tammy Klimek and Community Harvest Food Bank’s Darlene Mack.

Community Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and collects large quantities of food from various sources such as Walmart and other stores. It warehouses the food, keeping some of the food in room-sized freezers and other cold storage. The food is then given to individuals, families, churches, soup kitchens and rescue missions. Children are given bags of food in a backpack program for the children to take home to their families. Community Harvest Food Bank is also prepared to give out non-perishable food and water in the case of a local disaster or emergency.

The 56 8th graders spent the morning sorting food and shelving food items. A number of the students also helped to bag huge amounts of uncooked macaroni. Nine tons of the macaroni had recently been delivered and needed to be bagged in small Ziplock bags, according to Community Harvest Food Bank’s Tammy Klimek.

This is an annual service project for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School’s 8th graders. “The really cool part of today’s service project is that it is connected to next winter’s Canstruction project,” said Teacher Jodi Jump. “The students get to see the place where all the canned goods will go to, and how this warehouse will help people in their need for food.” Canstruction is a project in which the students will collect canned goods and create unusual structures out of the canned goods for display to the public. At the end of the Canstruction project, the students donate all of the canned goods back to Community Harvest Food Bank.

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