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St. Scholastica in Aspinwall youth group members harvest corn to help food bank

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Youth group members from St. Scholastica in Aspinwall participated in a corn harvest to pick food to be given to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

It's one thing to empty the pantry and donate food to the hungry.

It's another to roll up your sleeves for a day's work to put food on the table.

“I always did appreciate the farmers but now I have a whole new admiration for the work they do,” said Jesse Dillon, 16, of Indiana Township.

Dillon was one of seven members of the St. Scholastica youth group from Aspinwall to hit the fields for a corn harvest last week.

The work netted five bins of veggies for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The Duquesne-based food bank doles out more than 27 million pounds of food each year to Allegheny County residents and those in 10 surrounding counties. In an average month, the food bank distributes items to 60,116 people in Allegheny County.

St. Scholastic Youth Minister Jamie Dillon said she learned about the corn-picking by registering as a volunteer on the food bank website. She figured the unique project might appeal to members of her youth group, who take part in many outreach activities.

Typically, activities include yard work for the elderly, visits and games with patients at Harmar Village and dog therapy at the veterans' hospital in O'Hara.

“This is different than anything we had done so far,” Dillon said. “We are called to feed the hungry and that is exactly what we did.”

Dillon and her crew hit the Greenaway Farm in West Newton, where they collected a bounty of five bins of corn to donate.

“It was a neat experience,” Jesse Dillon said. “It was good to get out and help the poor in a different way.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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