Duquesne Light again partnered with 412 Food Rescue in support of the organization’s ‘Hidden Harvest’ program by sending a group of employee volunteers to help collect overlooked and unused produce throughout the City of Pittsburgh. DLC volunteers also participated in harvest events in July and August.
Through its ‘Hidden Harvest’ program, 412 Food Rescue harvests fruits and vegetables from public and privately owned trees, orchards, farms and gardens with the help of volunteers. The produce is donated to organizations that assist the area’s food insecure.
On Sept. 14, DLC employees traveled to Point Breeze, where they spent the afternoon harvesting nearly 400 pounds of apples and crabapples. The majority of the harvest was provided to local Threadbare Cider House for cider production. Funds from the sale of the cider will benefit 412 Food Rescue, and a small portion also will be given to ‘A Few Bad Apples’ community cider project and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Family Care Connection Center in Penn Hills.
“This was a great opportunity to get to know other employees, as well as interact with customers in the community,” said Brian McAdoo, Senior Manager, Operations Services. “When customers learned about what we were doing to support the Hidden Harvest program, they shared a lot of positive feedback with us.”
DLC employee volunteers will again participate in a harvest event in October.
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