Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Many people worry about hunger and poverty in Third World countries. They go on mission trips, join the Peace Corps or pledge money to help the poor in foreign countries.
They often don't realize, though, that there are hungry people in their own community. According to U.S. Census figures, more than 40 million Americans and 12.4 percent of Pennsylvanians live in poverty.
Two organizations, the End Hunger Cafe and the Westmoreland County Food Bank, help to feed the hungry in our area.
The End Hunger Cafe in Latrobe serves about 100 meals a day and is always looking for volunteers. You can help by calling the volunteer coordinator at 412-298-5491.
The Westmoreland County Food Bank serves 15,000 people and 7,000 households. There are 40,000 other people not being served by the food bank who are qualified.
We will be collecting money to give to the End Hunger Cafe. Through Friday, we are collecting canned goods and other nonperishable food items for the Westmoreland County Food Bank at Greater Latrobe Junior High School. Please consider making a donation to the needy in our own community!
Taylor Sigut & Tiffany Diaz
The writers are students in Kathy Massaro's eighth-grade gifted English class at Greater Latrobe Junior High.
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