St. Francis Day of Service - Potato Project

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...

PH: Potato Project

Jay Worrall, director of the Holleran Center, gives some directions before volunteers leave campus.

PH: Potato Wranglers

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.

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Teams worked together all day, filling buckets with harvested potatoes.

PH: Potato project

Each of these bins holds 800 pounds of potatoes and feeds 100 families.

PH: potato bins

Alvernia filled at least 42 of these bins throughout the day.

PH: tractor

Volunteers moved on to a second field and filled more buckets and more bins.

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In all, about 33,600 pounds of potatoes were harvested on St. Francis Day of Service. 

PH: reflection

After a job well done, volunteers reflected on what was accomplished and celebrated helping to feed needy families in the local community. 

>> View more pictures on SmugMug or check out #gotserviceAU on Instagram for participant photos.

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