The Community Food Bank wants your Citrus Donations!
Community Food Bank Offers Citrus Gleaning Program
for the Tucson and Green Valley, Sahuarita Areas
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is offering to pick surplus citrus from homes and businesses in the greater Tucson and in Green Valley, Sahuarita areas between January 21and April 30, 2014. This service is known as “Gleaning” or the harvesting of food that would otherwise go unused.
To schedule someone to come to a home or business and pick the citrus, in the greater Tucson area, contact Lou Medran at (520) 449-8340 and in the Green Valley, Sahuarita area call the Branch Food Bank at (520) 625-5252. Those able to do their own gleaning may call to schedule a pick-up or drop off the citrus at 3003 South Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85713. In Green Valley-Sahuarita, the citrus may be dropped off at the Branch Food Bank at 250 E. Continental, Green Valley, AZ 85614.
This year will feature two “Super Citrus Saturdays” on the following dates and locations where citrus picked by homeowners may be dropped off:
- Saturday, January 25, 2014 – Wells Fargo Bank 6270 N Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85704 (near Oracle and Orange Grove).
- Saturday, February 1, 2014 – Sam Levitz east side location 100 N Pantano Rd., Tucson, AZ 85710 (near Broadway and Pantano).
- Saturday, February 1, 2014 – Safeway store at 9100 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85743 (near Silverbell and Twin Peaks Road).
If families can pick their own citrus and bring it to these locations (or at our main warehouse), it will increase the amount of “Gleaning” the Food Bank can do this season. Community Food Bank trucks, staff and volunteers will be parked at these locations on the above dates from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to accept donations.
For questions and additional information, please contact Lou Medran at (520) 449-8340.
Your donation will bring healthy fruit to local families in need. The staff and volunteers can only pick fruit from the tree. Pima County Health regulations prohibit us from taking fruit that has fallen on the ground. Thank you again!