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Young people pay it forward at food bank

January 3, 2014

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A group of young people helped by Youth Villages’ transitional living program in the Knoxville, Tenn., area enjoyed an opportunity to give back to the community recently.

The youth visited Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee in Maryville, along with YV staff members. The group spent two hours loading, unloading, sorting and stacking canned goods that were used to help feed families and individuals who otherwise might have gone hungry during the holiday season.

Many of the TL youth who participated have experienced homelessness or poverty at some point and understand how beneficial low to no cost community resources like food banks can be.

The youth turned volunteering into a competition, seeing who could pack the most cans. They estimated that they packed around 4,000 cans of corn in two hours. The youth and staff said they had a great time giving back to the community and look forward to serving at Second Harvest again soon.

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