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Students make large donation to food bank

Burbank High School students in the school’s Agricultural Science classes and FFA chapter donated more than 2,200 pounds of cabbage to the San Antonio Food Bank earlier this May. The students raised and harvested 450 heads of cabbage this spring, and the harvest resulted in more than a ton of produce.

It is the largest donation Burbank students have ever given to the food bank.

“We are so grateful for the Burbank students’ labor of love in growing, harvesting and donating more than a ton of cabbage to the Food Bank!” said Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank President & CEO. “With this generous gift back to the community, the healthy fresh produce will help nourish families in need.”

Burbank’s Agriculture department operates a large garden and farm on campus, and students typically sell seasonal produce at a farmer’s market each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For this particular crop, though, the students decided to donate it. Mark Bindseil, Burbank’s Agricultural Science teacher, said the students were excited to make such a large contribution to benefit the food bank.

As the largest hunger-relief organization in Southwest Texas, the San Antonio Food Bank provides more than 61 million pounds of food and grocery items to Texans in a 16-county service area.

Burbank’s program instills the value of service to others, said Johnny Vahalik, senior executive director of career technical education at SAISD.

“This agricultural education program makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential – not only for career success but also for leadership and personal growth,” Vahalik said.

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