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Citrus Drop-off
Are your citrus trees filling up with fruit? No problem -- Arizona's food banks want your citrus donations. Drop off your excess citrus, free of stems and leaves, from your personal and neighborhood trees beginning Jan. 5. Contact a food bank near you for more information about dropping off your citrus.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Tucson: Call 520-449-8340 or visit http://communityfoodbank.com

Desert Mission Food Bank, North Phoenix: Call 602-870-6062 or visit www.jcl.com/foodbank

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Greater Phoenix & Scottsdale: Call 602-343-5658 or visit www.firstfoodbank.org

United Food Bank, Mesa & East Valley: Call 480-926-4897 or visit http://unitedfoodbank.org. Note that United Food Bank will not accept citrus donations until Jan. 12.

Yuma Community Food Bank: Call 928-343-1243 or visit www.yumafoodbank.org

Find a food bank near you by entering your zip code at www.azfoodbanks.org. Always call in advance to make sure they will accept your citrus donations.

The City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office, in partnership with the United Food Bank, has scheduled three Saturdays for residents to drop off boxes of citrus as part of a gleaning program. If you have extra citrus you'd like to get rid of, here is an opportunity to donate it. All you need to do is pick your ripe citrus, separating lemons, grapefruit and oranges, place them in a box or sturdy container and drop them off.

Please note that citrus will only be accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and only at the location specified for the following dates: 

Saturday, Jan. 17
Dobson High School
1501 W. Guadalupe Road (front parking lot)

Saturday, Jan. 31
Mountain View Park (enter off Adobe)
845 N. Lindsay Road

Saturday, Feb. 14
Gene Autry Park
4125 E. McKellips Road