Citrus Gleaning (Seasonal)
Your excess citrus can become important nutrition for Arizona’s hungry throughout the entire state. We are accepting citrus drop off donations from all zip codes at the following locations beginning January 10, 2022 through April 30, 2022, Monday through Friday.
- If you live in one of the following zip codes (85351, 85373, 85374, 85375) you can sign up to have your citrus trees gleaned at no cost by one of our volunteer gleaning crews.
- Online registration for these zip codes will begin on Friday October 1, 2021, and end Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
- The gleaning season in the West Valley will start on Monday, January 10, 2022, and end on Thursday March 31, 2022.
Our volunteer gleaning crews will notify homeowners prior to their scheduled gleaning date. The scheduling process is ongoing throughout the entire gleaning season so you may not hear from your assigned volunteer gleaning crew until after January 10th. Please note that trees above 25 feet and those with power lines across them will not be gleaned.
Changes in Citrus Gleaning
We anticipate having a very limited number of volunteers to glean in 2022 and we are not sure of how much we would be able to do. Registration with St. Mary’s Food Bank does not guarantee that we will be able to glean your trees. We recommend looking for alternative means to glean your trees in advance.
To accommodate the anticipated volunteer shortfall and still gather as much citrus from the homeowners where we previously were able to provide volunteer gleaning services, we will be partnering with two churches to host Citrus Saturday drop offs. We will have St. Mary’s Food Bank staff and trucks ready to accept your donations at the following locations and dates.
Your citrus is important to us, and we appreciate your donations. We hope you will participate in this collection strategy by dropping off your citrus when we are in your area. Please endeavor to bring clean fruits void of leaves, stems, decay, etc., when dropping off your fruits. Thank you for your understanding.
There will be no charge for citrus gleaning services, however, donations will be greatly appreciated.