The Sixth Annual Citrus Sunday held on May 15, 2011 broke all records for collection of fresh citrus fruit destined for local San Fernando Valley food banks. This year eight Neighborhood Councils participated, in addition to a number of community groups and religious organizations and local schools.
This innovative community volunteer effort annually collects thousands of pounds of fresh fruit which are then delivered to food banks to benefit needy San Fernando Valley families. This year an estimated 18 tons of fresh fruit was donated and delivered.
If you have fruit trees but were unable to pick the fruit for the Citrus Sunday event, there is an organization called “Food Forward” who will pick the fruit for you. They are looking for residents with mature fruit trees, multi-tree private orchards or gardens with excess fruit and vegetables to share with those in need in our own community: 100% of all fruit harvested by Food Forward is donated to local food pantries. All donors will receive a charitable contribution tax receipt. There is no charge for Food Forward volunteers to harvest your tree(s). For more information regarding Food Forward, visit their website at www.foodforward.org. or call them at 818-530-4125.