In an effort to reduce waste and to provide fresh fruit to those in need, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is offering the first of three “Super Citrus Saturdays” on Saturday, January 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
• Rillito Nursery & Garden Center (Orange Grove & La Cholla), 6303 N. La Cholla Blvd
• Wells Fargo Bank (Broadway & Swan), 4669 E. Broadway Boulevard
Community Food Bank trucks, staff and volunteers will be parked at these two locations to accept citrus donations.
With trees all around Tucson covered in ripe grapefruit and oranges, it can be difficult for individual households to find a way to use up all the fruit. The food bank estimates pounds and pounds are expected to go to waste, even though they are an incredible source of nutrition that can benefit people struggling with hunger in our community. The food bank’s citrus donation program aims to minimize that waste and supply the fruit to people in need.
Last year during the 2015 gleaning season, which runs from January through March, area residents donated over 88,000 pounds of citrus. “This donated fruit can bring such joy to people who may not be able to afford to add fresh produce to their diets,” says Community Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Michael McDonald. “It’s wonderful that the community is so willing to spend just a little extra time dropping off donations that would otherwise be left unused,” he says.
Those who are unable to make “Super Citrus Saturday” can drop off donations at their local Community Food Bank in Tucson, Marana, and Green Valley.
For questions and additional information, contact Lou Medran at (520) 449-8340.
Header image by Scott Bauer of the USDA and accessed from the Public Domain.