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12/13: Citrus Donations

Arizona is known for growing an abundance of citrus and food banks have been grateful recipients of significant donations throughout the years. Last year, the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) quarantine caused St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and United Food Bank to restrict the citrus donations they accept.

The ACP quarantine now includes the entire state of Arizona. This expanded quarantine allows food banks to accept donations throughout the state without concern of geographic origin. The psyllid isn’t everywhere in the state, however, so washing fruit, removing stems and leaves can help limit the spread of the pest.

ACP is a tiny pest that can spread the citrus greening disease. This disease has the potential to kill orange, grapefruit, lemon and all types of citrus trees around the state however Arizona has not yet detected the citrus greening disease. The fruit produced by trees with ACP is completely safe to eat.

Please visit our Citrus Donation page to learn more about the quarantine and how to donate your citrus.