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Hundreds of cans lined State Street as Central PA Food Bank aims to 'can hunger'

Updated: Tuesday, September 24 2013, 06:13 PM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

HARRISBURG -- If you were on State Street in Harrisburg Tuesday, it would have been hard to miss the unique landscaping that the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank added to the center island. More than 2,000 cans of food were placed along the curb from Front Street all the way up to the capitol steps.

The food bank called this its Can Hunger Event. The food bank’s staff and volunteers placed the cans out all morning.

“We very excited. This is our first time doing it,” Tara Davis, Food Bank spokesperson, said.

She told CBS 21 that this worked for a food bank out west and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank decided it would be a great event to mark September, which is Hunger Awareness Month.

Six different sponsors helped them meet the inches, feet and yards of canned goods. The sponsors included PSECU, Pavone, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grace United Methodist Church, Pine Street Presbyterian Church, and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Each sponsor was asked to fill up a block on one side of the State Street island.

The food bank will use the canned goods to prepare for the holiday season, which often draws more requests for help.

“We serve 5,400 people every week. Sometimes it’s the same people, sometime it's new people going through a tough time,” Davis said.

In Central Pennsylvania, 361,970 people don’t always know where they will find their next meal, according to research conducted by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Hundreds of cans lined State Street as Central PA Food Bank aims to 'can hunger'

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