Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2016) – Volunteers will be picking fruit donated by local residents throughout the Jacksonville area tomorrow as part of the Citrus Harvest for the Hungry from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL), which partners with The Society of St. Andrews on the project, hopes 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 will meet up at one of five area locations in Jacksonville, where FNEFL employees will assign teams and they’ll receive instructions, collection bags and the tools they need to glean all the trees.
The locations are at:
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, daycare centers and senior centers.
People who want to volunteer to help pick the fruit should call 904-830-4379 or they can register online at www.feedingnefl.com/volunteer.
For coverage Saturday, contact volunteer coordinator Eli Darkatsh.