More than 200 volunteers from the Alvernia community harvested potatoes for the Greater Reading Food Bank as part of this year's St. Francis Day of Service. Here's a photo journey of the day...
Jay Worrall, director of the Holleran Center, gives some directions before volunteers leave campus.
Alvernia potato pickers descend on several acres of the Zawaski farm in Berks County. Cooperating mainly with local churches, the Zawaski's planted a total of 17.1 acres of potatoes and corn to be given away to local food banks.
Teams worked together all day, filling buckets with harvested potatoes.
Each of these bins holds 800 pounds of potatoes and feeds 100 families.
Alvernia filled at least 42 of these bins throughout the day.
Volunteers moved on to a second field and filled more buckets and more bins.
In all, about 33,600 pounds of potatoes were harvested on St. Francis Day of Service.
After a job well done, volunteers reflected on what was accomplished and celebrated helping to feed needy families in the local community.