GOT CITRUS? ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE HOLDS SECOND ANNUAL “SUPER CITRUS SATURDAY” ON JAN. 22

GOT CITRUS? ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE HOLDS SECOND ANNUAL “SUPER CITRUS SATURDAY” ON JAN. 22 TO BUOY 2011 VALLEY GLEANING EFFORT

Event Expands to Three Locations for Added Convenience; Donations Accepted From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At All Locations

Phoenix, AZOne person’s surplus is another’s necessity, and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is hoping that once again the Valley’s overflowing neighborhood citrus trees can be turned into a bountiful harvest for those in need this winter.

Last year, almost two million pounds of citrus was gleaned through the program. That not only filled St. Mary’s warehouses, but was also sent to eight other Western states. In turn, food banks in those states returned the favor by providing apples (Washington), potatoes (Idaho and New Mexico), plums and nectarines (California), as well as non-perishable products, to St. Mary’s in exchange for Arizona’s oranges and grapefruit.

For those wishing willing to pick their own fruit for donation to the food bank St. Mary’s will hold its second annual “Super Citrus Saturday” on Saturday, Jan. 22. The program is expanding to three drop-off locations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents in the North Central Phoenix, Arcadia and Westside areas to give homeowners a designated drop-off spot to make their tax-deductible produce donation to the Food Bank.

The three “Super Citrus Saturday locations are:

*North Phoenix Baptist Church (Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road)

*Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ (56th Street and Lafayette)

*St. Mary’s Food Bank, Surprise (13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise).

*****Media wishing to obtain more information on the 2011 Gleaning Program are asked to coordinate interviews with Communications Specialist Jerry Brown*****

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