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Maine’s Harvest for Hunger generated more than 230K pounds

December 23, 2018

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says volunteers to its annual Harvest for Hunger program donated more than 230,000 pounds of produce this year.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension runs the program, which began in 2000. The school says the donations went directly to neighbors as well as to 187 sites such as food pantries and low-income senior centers.

Volunteers spent more than 2,600 hours growing, collecting and transporting donated food to distribution sites for the program. The school says more than 100 farmers worked with the program to make sure produce that would have otherwise been wasted in fields went to Maine residents who lack food security.

Gardeners, businesses, schools and others work with the program, and volunteers have donated more than 2.8 million pounds over the years.

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