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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Portland high school students team with Youth Charity League to collect pies for the needy.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH HARRINGTON - Students collect donated pies during a pie drive at Lincoln High School on Nov. 18. The pies were donated to a number of local organizations and homeless shelters in time for Thanksgiving.Just before Thanksgiving, more than a dozen charitable organizations and shelters were teeming with pies to serve.

Portland teens and pre-teens collected more than 770 pies during two different donation drives held Nov. 18 and 19 at Lincoln and Jesuit high schools. The two high schools partnered with the Youth Charity League to collect pumpkin pie and other holiday pies that were then distributed to charities, churches and homeless shelters.

"I think it's really nice to see high schoolers doing this in person this year," Youth Charity League parent volunteer Amanda Calnan Vowels said. On Tuesday, she was headed to Blanchet House, one of the benefactors of the event, to drop off roughly 100 donated pies. This marks the third year of Youth Charity League's involvement in the community food drive, which was started in 2008 by late chef Daniel Brophy, founder of the Oregon Culinary Institute.

COURTESY PHOTO: AMANDA CALNAN VOWELS - Volunteers help transport pumpkin pies for donation after two pie drives held by local students the weekend before Thanksgiving. Calnan Vowels noted the students didn't meet their donation goal this year, after receiving requests from charities for over 1,000 pies, but the efforts still drew a large number of desserts to treat residents in need this Thanksgiving.

The event comes as organizations like the Oregon Food Bank are reporting historic levels of need for food assistance.


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