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Donate Your Citrus to St. Mary's Food Bank
If you live in Arizona, you're likely no stranger to the abundance of citrus trees and bushes in the state. From oranges and lemons to grapefruits and tangerines, Arizona's warm climate and rich soil make it an ideal location for growing a variety of citrus fruits.
But with such a bounty of fruit at your disposal, it can be overwhelming to know what to do with it all. Fortunately, St. Mary's Food Bank has a program dedicated to citrus. Donating your excess citrus is a great way to share the abundance with those in need and reduce food waste. Here's how you can get started:
- Gather and prepare your fruit. Choose the freshest and most attractive fruit to donate. Citrus fruit should not have leaves, stems or decay. Please consider washing and carefully packing citrus to prevent bruising.
Deliver the fruit to St. Mary's Food Bank or participate in one of our 'Citrus Saturdays'. When you arrive, there is a designated drop-off locations for food donations. Follow the signs and be sure to follow any specific instructions provided by the food bank for properly delivering your fruit.
By donating your excess citrus, you can help provide a source of essential vitamins and nutrients to those in need and reduce food waste in your community. Not only will you be making a positive impact, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that your excess fruit is being put to good use.
Citrus drop-off donations will be accepted from ALL ZIP CODES at the below St. Mary's Food Bank locations
beginning January 10, through April 30th, 2023
Monday - Friday 8am – 3pm
St. Mary's Food Bank - Phoenix
2831 N. 31st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
St. Mary's Food Bank - Surprise
13050 W. Elm Street
Surprise, AZ 85378
St. Mary’s Food Bank staff and trucks will be ready to accept your donations from all zip codes at the below location & dates:
Saturdays, February 4th & 11th, 2023
Desert Garden United Church of Christ
18818 N 128th Avenue
Sun City West, AZ 85375
9am – 3pm
Saturdays, February 4th, 11th & 18th 2023
Shepard of the Hills
5524 E. Lafayette Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85018
9am – 3pm
Saturdays, March 4th, & 11th 2023
Desert Heritage Church
1020 N. Horne Street
Mesa, AZ 85203
9am – 2pm