As citrus trees grow heavy with fruit around the Valley, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is hoping that once again the citrus trees can be turned into a bountiful harvest for those in need this winter. You can help turn your surplus of grapefruits, oranges and lemons into a nutritious addition to a hungry family’s meal.
To have your trees gleaned by St. Mary’s, sign up for our Citrus Gleaning program by Jan. 10 here. For those wishing willing to pick their own fruit for donation to the food bank, St. Mary’s will hold its fifth annual ‘Super Citrus Saturday’ on Saturday, Jan. 25.
There will be 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, giving homeowners a designated drop-off spot to make their tax-deductible produce donation to the food bank.
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.
The four ‘Super Citrus Saturday’ locations for 2014 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)