Yes folks, there is free food in the Valley- thanks to our agricultural past.
In yards throughout the San Fernando Valley, you can see tree limbs full of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and other citrus fruit looming over fences and rooftops. Often much of this fruit goes to waste because residents can’t eat it all themselves or even give it all away.
On Sunday, April 6, 2008, from 9am to 3pm, Citrus Sunday is a way to help solve this problem!
In just 30 minutes, you can help provide free food to those who need it most: the over 150,000 people living in the San Fernando Valley everyday who are “food insecure” (a term used by a recent UCLA study to describe those who have to choose between eating nutritious meals and other essential expenses).
This is an easy service opportunity for anyone & everyone to be a part of; it ‘s as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Pick the citrus fruit from the trees in your yard.
2. Put the washed fruit in a bag or a cardboard box.
3. Drop it off at one of the Fire Stations in the Northwest Valley listed below.
(You can also help by telling others to pick citrus fruit from their yard, offering to pick fruit from other people’s yards [with their permission], or organizing a “citrus drive” at a local school, at your workplace, or with a community group).
The following participating Fire Stations in the Northwest Valley will be accepting the citrus fruit on Sunday, April 6, between 9am and 3pm:
Lake Balboa: Station 100
Winnetka: Station 104
Sherman Oaks: Station 88
Encino: Station 83
West Hills: Station 106
Porter Ranch: Stations 8 & 28
Chatsworth: Stations 96 & 107
North Hills: Station 87
Granada Hills: Station 18
For more info contact: Megan Cottier at Megan.Cottier@lacity.org or (818) 756-8501.
Photo via Flickr by Ian Lloyd