IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT CITRUS DONATIONS
United Food Bank Citrus Acceptance Policy for 2017 Citrus Season
Citrus gleaning is a long-standing program for United Food Bank and provides a great opportunity to qualified homeowners in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, and Queen Creek to donate their excess ripe fruit while helping hungry people in their community.
Due to the Department of Agriculture’s expansion of the Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine across the entire state of Arizona, Food Banks in Arizona, including United Food Bank, CAN now accept citrus donations from the public. To ensure the quality of citrus donations, United Food Bank will work with individual donors to accept citrus donations after their fruit has been screened for fruit maturity, sweetness and citrus variety – this means if the public would like to donate their excess citrus to the Food Bank, they should first contact the Food Bank to ensure fruit quality. We ask for the public’s assistance and cooperation with this policy.
United Food Bank will pick up fruit from pre-approved gleaning locations and sites after fruit has been gleaned by home owner. United Food Bank will provide donors with bins and pallets for home fruit collection and a fee of $10 will be assessed per bin.
United Food Bank will begin working with citrus donors to pick up orange donations beginning on January 1, and grapefruit donations on January 15. If you would like to donate your citrus, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you to set up a time to screen your citrus for quality prior to donation.
Check below the guidelines for donating citrus and the size specifications for citrus to be donated.