Citrus gleaning is a long-standing program for United Food Bank and provides a great opportunity to qualified homeowners in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, and Queen Creek to donate their excess ripe fruit while helping hungry people in their community. United Food Bank has been very blessed to have the support of the community-at-large for in its citrus gleaning efforts. This year, we will again count on our community to support our gleaning efforts, realizing it is a very important task to help feed hungry people.
The 2015 Citrus Gleaning Season at United Food Bank ended in February of 2015. We would like to thank all the dedicated community members who helped us by gleaning and donating to our 2015 Citrus Program.
If you are interested in helping United Food Bank , we will gladly accept quality, consumable during United Food Bank’s 2016 Citrus Season which will begin in January of 2016. If you currently have consumable citrus you would like to donate, contact the Association of Arizona Food Banks.
In preparing and informing citrus growers, we have created a monthly newsletter so citrus tree owners can take the necessary steps to best-care for trees that will yield the best-possible fruit.
You can find our Monthly Citrus Newsletters here:
Below are the guidelines to the 2015 (Past) Citrus Gleaning Program. We are still working on improvements to next year’s program and will notify everyone in November of 2015 regarding upcoming changes and the start and end dates.
- The Food Bank can accept only consumable citrus donated by the public, January 12th – February 28th.
- Supplies for self-pickers (bins & pallets), will be made available upon request. A $10 charge per bin will be assessed at the time of pick-up. You can schedule a time to pick up your bins here.
- The preferred method of payment for citrus bins is in person with check, money order or cash at the time of pick-up. However, if you need to pay online, you can do so through our donation portal here. To ensure proper identification of your fee payment, please mark the check-box labeled “This gift is part of a food drive” and in the comments section, please type “Citrus Payment.” You may also call into our office at 480-926-4897 to pay.
- In order to best utilize resources, time and volunteers, United Food Bank will not be scheduling volunteers to assist homeowners in their gleaning efforts. We will direct homeowners to available resources in the community.
- The designated drop-off area will be set up at United Food Bank’s Nina Warehouse located at 245 S. Nina Drive, Mesa, AZ. Donations can only be accepted during regular operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am -3 pm.
- To maximize drive time and employee efficiency, the Food Bank will pick up full citrus donation bins only when FIVE or more bins are full. All donors with less than five (5) full bins will need to drop off their own bins at the Food Bank or if it is easier for you, please refer to our schedule of Community Citrus Drops below.
- Pick-up of full citrus bins by Food Bank staff must be scheduled 72 business hours prior to the preferred date of pick-up.