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.
How do I donate my excess citrus to food banks?
Arizona is known for growing an abundance of citrus and the food banks have been grateful recipients of significant donations throughout the years. The process to donate citrus will vary based on the food bank you are working with. At the below links you can find more information on contacting your local food bank for thier donation policy.
All other food banks should be contacted directly to determine thier process for accept citrus donations. To find your closest food bank or pantry please utilize our Food Bank Directory for contact information.
Where can I get more information about the quarantine?
Growers are encouraged to learn the specifics of the quarantine restrictions to determine the best way to handle their excess citrus. More information can be found through the Arizona Department of Agriculture and Save Our Citrus.