Event expands to four locations for added convenience; Donations accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all locations
One person’s surplus is another’s necessity, and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is hoping that once again the Valley’s overflowing neighborhood citrus trees can be turned into a bountiful harvest for those in need this winter.
Last year, more than 2.4 million pounds of citrus was gleaned through the program. Much of the grapefruit was juiced through a cooperative effort with Sun Orchard in Tempe to produce tens of thousands of gallons of grapefruit juice which was bottled and distributed well after the growing season ended.
For those wishing willing to pick their own fruit for donation to the food bank St. Mary’s will hold its fourth annual “Super Citrus Saturday” on Saturday, Jan. 26 . The program is expanding to four drop-off locations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve residents in the North Central Phoenix, Arcadia, Westside and North Scottsdale areas to give homeowners a designated drop-off spot to make their tax-deductible produce donation to the Food Bank.
The four ‘Super Citrus Saturday’ locations for 2013 are:
*North Phoenix Baptist Church (Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road)
*Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ (56th Street and Lafayette)
*St. Mary’s Food Bank, Surprise (13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise).
*North Scottsdale: Bashas Plaza (10111 E. Bell Road – Bell Road & Thompson Peak)
Check out our video on Citrus Gleaning – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc3A3UapL-o