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Help sought to pick excess citrus for needy

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POSTED January 26, 2014 10:59 p.m.

Tons of citrus that could help feed struggling Northern San Joaquin Valley may go to waste.

That’s because an effort to pick the fruit from residential citrus trees doesn’t have enough volunteers.

2nd Saturday —  Crossroad Grace’s outreach ministry that brings people of all denominations together to serve the community — is trying to assemble additional teams to harvest ripening citrus from the yards of various homeowners.

The effort to glean citrus is set for Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m.   The actual harvesting is compressed in 2.5 hours. Typically, the effort generates nine to 10 tons of citrus that is distributed to food banks throughout the area.

Organizer Jim Todd has noted without additional volunteers tons of citrus will simply rot while many families will go without. He has established a goal of five tons for Feb. 8.

Literally tons of unused citrus left on trees in residential yards goes to waste in Manteca alone each year. The citrus after being harvest by volunteers is delivered to food banks that distribute it to needy families and elderly seniors on limited income that can’t afford fresh citrus.

Citrus harvesting volunteers are being asked — if they can — to bring any hand towels or car wash towels that they can donate for the project to help clean the fruit. Also if individuals can supply ladders six-foot and over and pickup truck beds to use for the day it would be appreciated.

For those who are willing climb trees, it is suggested that they wear Levis, long sleeves or a sweatshirt since citrus trees do have thorns.

A briefing sheet and a release form can be found at under 2nd Saturday that can be taken with you when you arrive for the briefing on Saturday, Feb. 8, by 8:45 a.m. at the church on Moffat Boulevard between Woodward Avenue and Spreckels Avenue.

Teams will depart for work sites at 9 a.m. and will finish at 1 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

The simple philosophy that there are no physical boundaries to a church gave birth to Crossroads Grace Church’s 2nd Saturday community outreach.

Hundreds of church members – along with community volunteers who elect to help  – set aside four hours the second Saturday of each month to do everything from helping the elderly with small home maintenance projects to helping maintain landscaping along the Tidewater Bikeway.

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