Local residents have already lined up to offer unwanted fruit from their home citrus trees for the Citrus Harvest for the Hungry from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 – and we need about 500 volunteers to collect all the fruit.

Partnering with The Society of St. Andrews on the project, we hope to rescue 30,000 pounds of fresh citrus that would otherwise be lost and distribute it to more than 180 partner food pantries in 17 Northeast Florida counties.

Volunteers can meet up at one of five area locations in Jacksonville, where we’ll assign teams and they’ll receive instructions, collection bags and the tools they need to glean all the trees. About 100 volunteers are needed at each location, or 500 total volunteers, to fully recover all the fruit being donated by the community.

In previous years, some trees couldn’t be reached because there weren’t enough volunteers available. With your support, we can harvest and rescue ALL of this good fruit.

To volunteer to help pick the fruit, please register on-line here or call  904-830-4379.

Volunteers will meet at the following locations:

Southside/Beaches – Chets Creek Church, 4420 Hodges Blvd.
Mandarin – Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 12001 Mandarin Rd.
San Marco/Baymeadows – Baymeadows Baptist Church, 4826 Baymeadows Rd.
Arlington – Bethany Ministries, 8800 Arlington Expressway
Westside – Feeding Northeast Florida, 1116 Edgewood Ave. North

Residents can also collect and drop off their fruit at the same locations until 1 p.m. that day.

All the citrus collected will be sorted, packaged and distributed to FNEFL partner agencies in the region, including homeless shelters, church pantries and senior centers.