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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 2016, we donated more than 2 million servings of fruit to those in need across the country.


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.

Donate-a-Crate Program

Each year since 2008, our clients have generously donated hundreds of crates each holiday season to dozens of local charities in the San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago metro areas. 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 below or choose one near you within the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, or New York metro areas
  • Contact The FruitGuys Customer Service at or 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we will arrange it. No additional delivery charges.

Project Open Hand

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. 

family house san francisco

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.


LA food bank

The year 2012 marks The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank's 39th year of service to the residents of Los Angeles County. Over the years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has grown in size, service and scope. Today the Food Bank provides food for nearly 900 member agency sites including abused and abandoned children homes, battered women shelters, senior centers, local food pantries, soup kitchens, AIDS hospices and more.

Grandma's House Logo

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.


St. Vincent de Paul Logo

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore 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.



The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, GBFB distributed almost 35 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people at risk of hunger. GBFB works to acquire, store, organize and distribute food through local food pantries, community meal programs, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and day-care centers embedded in communities throughout the nine counties of eastern Massachusetts.


better boys foundationBetter Boys Foundation (BBF) is an intentional community. BBF provides a continuum of care and support to children and youth so that the potential nurtured through early childhood programs will be fully and powerfully realized in the elementary, high school, and post-secondary years. BBF has demonstrated the value of its work and the quality of its programming through more than 50 years of dedicated service to the North Lawndale community. Since its founding in 1961, BBF’s mission has been to provide area youth and their families experiences that enhance emotional, social, 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.


 St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Become a Fruit Hero

Do you have a school, individual, or organization you'd like to donate a fruit box to on a regular basis? Call us. We can arrange a reccurring delivery of bulk fruit at a discount. Get Involved. For more information, contact The FruitGuys Customer Service at or 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we'll arrange it. (Free shipping in our regular delivery areas.)

What The FruitGuys Does to Fight Hunger

The FruitGuys Weekly Fruit Donations to Food Banks

The FruitGuys fights hunger in our communities by donating fruit weekly to local food banks and soup kitchens. Since 1998, when we made our first donations to St. Anthony's Foundation in San Francisco, we have worked with local groups to bring healthy farm fresh fruit and produce to the feed those in need. Your business helps support our weekly donations to organizations that help abate hunger. In 2013, we donated more than 600,000 pounds of produce nationwide. After we fill your order each week, we donate "seconds" and any leftover fruit and produce to food banks in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago, including:

The FruitGuys Donates to to First Responders

We have also send fruit donations to first responders to natural diasters such as Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans), Hurricane Sandy (New York & New Jersey), and tornadoes (Oklahoma 2013). Get Involved. Contact us if you would like to donate fruit to first responders.