Fruit Donations to Fight Hunger
Since our business began in 1998, we have had a policy of zero food waste. We donate all excess fresh fruit to local food banks and charities in the communities we serve. Your business with us helps support our weekly fresh fruit donations to these organizations that help fight hunger. In 2017, we donated 2,245,184 servings of fresh fruit to those in need across the country.
- 2016: More than 2 million servings of fruit reached charitable organizations.
- 2015: More than 1.3 million servings of fruit reached charitable organizations.
- 2014: We donated more than 800,000 servings of fruit through weekly donations.
GET INVOLVED TO FIGHT HUNGER
You can help us reach more people by getting involved in our donations programs through which you can donate your fruit box to a local charity (Donate-a-Crate), become a Fruit Hero and send regular fruit to an organization or person in need.
Each year our clients generously donate hundreds of crates each holiday season to dozens of local charities. Get Involved. You can donate your weekly fruit crate to a local charity at any time. Closed for the holidays? Away for vacation? Instead of canceling your delivery, just call 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we can set it up for you.
How It Works
- Choose from our list of regional charities or choose one near you within the San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas, Boston, Baltimore, New York, or Atlanta metro areas.
- Contact The FruitGuys Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-FRUIT-ME(378-4863) and we will arrange it. No additional delivery charges.
Our Community Partners
We work with local organizations in our regional hub cities that increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables and encourage urban youth entrepreneurial activity. These organizations share our goals of supporting healthy and happy communities, improving food access, and promoting environmental stewardship. Current partners include:
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Martha’s Kitchen’s mission is to feed the hungry with dignity; no questions asked.Martha’s Kitchen serves not only as a soup kitchen and a central kitchen that prepares meals for other sites. It also serves as a clearinghouse of produce, meat, poultry, frozen and baked goods collected by a band of volunteers from grocery stores and produce markets. These are sorted, then usable goods are kept for meal preparation, and any surplus shared with partner agencies.
St. Anthony's mission is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, lift the spirits of those in need, and create a society in which all persons flourish. This mission is guided by five values: healing, community, personalism, justice, and gratitude.
Larkin Street Youth Services Since 1984, Larkin Street Youth Services has served over 75,000 young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, ages 12 to 24, through a range of services including outreach, shelter, housing, health, wellness, education and employment. As the largest non-profit provider of services for young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco, Larkin Street’s scope and impact is incomparable: three out of four young people who complete programs at Larkin Street leave street life behind.
Hunters Point Family - Girls 2000 - Somethin Fresh Program is a small home delivery business in San Francisco's Bay View-Hunters Point neighborhood run by young women entrepreneurs. They provide door-to-door service in this area of the city which traditionally has had limited access to high quality fruit. Many homebound seniors and low-income individuals benefit from their affordable service.
Project Open Hand Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Every day, they prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain their clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of aging.
Founded in 1981, Family House is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF. The Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House sustains nearly a 100% occupancy rate and can accommodate 240 people per night. Over the course of a year, Family House serves more than 3,000 families.
George Mark Children’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides the gift of time to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families—time for kids to be just kids and parents to be “mom” and “dad” instead of round-the-clock caregivers. As the first—and currently only—freestanding residential pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, they offer a unique alternative to hospice, hospital, or home care. The George Mark Children’s House is setting a new standard for pediatric palliative care, providing high-quality medical care to children with life-limiting illnesses and much-needed support services to their parents and siblings in a home-like setting.
FareStart addresses homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger by helping people transform their lives, create value for our community, and offer a way for everyone to play a role doing something that matters.
LOS ANGELES AREA
Giving Children Hope provides sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities through the gathering and giving of Medical Resources, Nutritional Foods, and Basic Needs.
Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food. It provides food to 300,000 people every month and in 2016 we distributed 55 million meals–that’s more than 62 million pounds of food. Twenty percent of that food is fresh produce.
The mission of Grandma's House of Hope is to provide compassionate and uplifting transitional care for women in crisis and hungry children in Orange County. From 2004-2010, GHH evolved from an emergency shelter with 10 beds specializing in recovery and addiction, to a 24-month transitional housing program, providing supportive services with a goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The program now offers case management, group and individual counseling, meals, and workforce development.
Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman, or child should go hungry. Their growth and eventual integration with the Philadelphia Food Bank in 2005 has made Philabundance the region’s largest hunger relief organization. They are now able to address hunger through direct service programs and a network of 500 member agencies, as well as contribute to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond.
WASHINGTON DC AREA
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore - Beans and Bread Center is a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland. Each year, over 50,000 people are helped through our comprehensive services that have a singular focus: To help build better futures for those who are struggling in poverty.
Lovin Spoonfuls Food Rescue is the bridge between abundance and need, leading systemic change in hunger relief. They focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to help their beneficiaries to consistently provide their at-risk clients with healthy and wholesome meals
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
BBF Family Services works to improve the quality of life for North Lawndale youth and their families by providing safe, stable, and nurturing experiences that enhance social, emotional, academic, and career development.
Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona, UMOM New Day Centers has been dedicated to helping homeless families in need of life’s basic necessities. The face of homelessness in Phoenix has changed throughout the decades, and UMOM has risen to the challenge of providing food, clothing and shelter to those in need since its inception. More importantly, UMOM provides families facing homelessness with the tools to succeed in moving forward, building a bridge to self-sufficiency.
North Texas Food Bank Founded in 1982, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 200 Partner Agencies in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, they support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
NEW YORK AREA
Disaster Relief and Donations to First Responders
We have also sent fruit donations to the victims and first responders of natural disasters such as Northern California Fires (California), Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans), Hurricane Sandy (New York and New Jersey), and tornadoes (Oklahoma 2013). Get Involved. Contact us if you would like to donate fruit.