Students use pumpkins to fill up food pantries

St. Peters, MO (KSDK)- Some high school students are making good use of leftover pumpkins. They're collecting them, turning them into meals and delivering the pumpkins to local food pantries.

It's a need that is even greater given the recent cuts to the food stamp program.

Last year the group collected about 5000 pumpkins, creating a quarter million meals. This year they're hoping to produce even more to account for the extra need.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts donated their five kitchens to the cause.

On Saturday the group worked away in the kitchen to help the less fortunate. They were using leftover pumpkins that patches donated.

It's concept that members of "St. Louis Food Rescue," a teenage run organization, came up with.

"In 2011 we wondered what happened with all the pumpkins that weren't sold on Halloween and we decided we could turn the left over pumpkins into meals," said Aaron Bry with "St. Louis Food Rescue."

For hours, Volunteers chopped, scooped , and peeled hundreds of pumpkins with the goal of cooking food that will then be dropped off to local food pantries, a need that is greater than ever.

Starting Friday Americans on food stamps faced a reduction in benefits, meaning more families will seek help from food pantries. Aaron says this gives him incentive to step up the organization's efforts.

"My hope is that no man, woman, or child in St. Louis goes to bed hungry at night so we're going to do whatever we can to make that happen," said Bry.

Volunteers will start delivering the food to local food pantries Sunday.

If you would like to volunteer you can show up to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts on Saturday this month from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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