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Partnership seeks pickers to relieve local hunger



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David and Vickie Cheney have set aside hundreds of trees at their orchard in Brimfield this year for growing and harvesting a dozen varieties of apples to benefit the Community Harvest Project. Mark Ashton. (click for larger version)
May 17, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — When does a bank prefer red over green? When it's helping fill the coffers of a local food bank — picking fresh fruit off apple tree branches!

Employees of Savers Bank in Southbridge (and its other five branches) are already planning their third season of harvesting apples at Cheney Orchards in Brimfield. Last year, some 10-15 Savers volunteers helped pick hundreds of bushels of apples that wound up at Worcester County food pantries – and eventually in the hands of hundreds of hungry area residents.

The volunteer pickers were recruited by Community Harvest Project (CHP), a non-profit group looking to build healthier communities by engaging local people in growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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