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Ariz. food banks need citrus donations

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Food banks are looking for citrus donations to help supplement food boxes with fresh, healthy food or to be used for juicing.

In order to keep up with record levels of citrus demand, food banks are asking for donations of your excess citrus, free of stems and leaves, from personal and neighborhood trees.

Arizona citrus is under USDA quarantine because of Sweet Orange Scab and is prohibited from being exchanged with out-of-state food banks for other produce items.

The citrus is perfectly good to eat and juice, the Sweet Orange Scab only affects how the citrus looks.

In response, some food banks started juicing a portion of citrus donations they receive.

Citrus Donations
-Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Tucson: Call 520-449-8340 or visit www.communityfoodbank.org
-Desert Mission Food Bank, North Phoenix: Call 602-870-6062 or visit www.jcl.com/foodbank
-St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Phoenix & Flagstaff: Call 602-343-5658 or visit https://firstfoodbank.wufoo.com/forms/citrus-2013-web-registration-form
-United Food Bank, Mesa & East Valley: Call 480-926-4897 or visit http://unitedfoodbank.org/get-involved/citrus-gleaning
-Yuma Community Food Bank, Yuma: Call 928-343-1243 or visit www.yumafoodbank.org
Enter your zip-code at www.azfoodbanks.org for information on dropping off your citrus donations.

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