ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK’S “SUPER CITRUS SATURDAY” COLLECTS MORE THAN 61,000 POUNDS OF ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUITS TO TRIPLE LAST YEAR’S RESULTS

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Due To Huge Response, Second Super Citrus Event to be Held in February!!

Phoenix, AZ – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s second annual “Super Citrus Saturday” was a huge success on Saturday, Jan. 22, collecting more than three times the amount of oranges and grapefruit as the inaugural event.

More than 61,000 pounds of citrus was collected at three locations around the Valley – North Phoenix Baptist Church, Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ and St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Surprise location (13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at all locations. The poundage total easily surpassed the 20,000 pounds collected in the inaugural event last February and gives the Food Banks citrus program a huge early boost.

“St. Mary’s would like to thank everyone who came out for our Super Citrus Saturday event and took the time to glean and donate their produce for the hungry of Arizona,” Food Bank president and CEO Terry Shannon said. “Because of the overwhelming success of this event and the fact that produce is ripening a little later this winter due to the cold conditions in December, we will hold a second “Super Citrus Saturday” in February with more details to come.”

Last year, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance donors and volunteers gleaned more than two million pounds of citrus from trees around the Valley. Much of that citrus was part of the Food Bank’s emergency food box program, while some was sent to Food Banks in eight states in the West. Food banks in those states also share excess amounts of their abundant produce – apples from Washington, bananas from California, potatoes from Idaho – with St. Mary’s for a balanced variety of all produce to be shared with those who need it.

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