Citrus Sunday

Lemon tree on Citrus SundayYes 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.

If the concept of “Citrus Sunday” tickles your fancy, take a look at the LAWeekly article on “Fallen Fruit” , a community initiative to map and encourage the gathering and sharing of community fruit.

Photo via Flickr by Ian Lloyd

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