Food banks in many of our metropolitan areas are facing increased demand and decreased monetary donations this season. One way you can help is to forward your office fruit to people in need if your office is closed, or minimally staffed, during the holidays. The FruitGuys Donate-A-Crate program is an easy way to help others.
Parker Electronics, a circuit-board manufacturing facility of Parker Hannifin's Electronic Controls Division in Morton, Illinois, donated their six Thanksgiving-week crates to the Peoria Food Bank. “We were having an employee holiday food drive, and we thought this would be a good way to kick it off,” said Natalie Dalton, Parker’s Human Resources Representative. Dalton, who directs a spirited Wellness Program including a “biggest loser” weight-loss contest and bocce ball tournaments, said their 225 employees really enjoy the variety in their fruit crates on what they call “Fruity Fridays.”
The team at Parker selected the Peoria Area Food Bank because it distributes goods to more than 120 food pantries and organizations throughout central Illinois. The food bank, part of the Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity , has received fruit donations from Parker before. Barb Shreves, Peoria Area Food Bank Director, said on a recent visit to Parker Electronics that their clients expressed gratitude for the fresh fruit. “Fresh fruit is a special treat,” said Shreves, who added that her agency has only received fruit twice in the last six years. She said fresh fruit provides a welcome balance to the canned and packaged groceries they receive.
The FruitGuys donate 88,000 pounds of fresh fruit a year (more than 7,000 pounds a month) to non-profit groups and regional food pantries such as San Francisco’s St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Family House (which provides temporary housing for child patients at UCSF’s Children’s Hospital), and Riley Center (services for abused women and children); Philabundance in Philadelphia; City Harvest in New York; and the Greater Chicago Food Bank in Chicago. We will donate your crates to one of these local charities or you can select your own.
Just contact The FruitGuys' customer service at 1-877-FRUIT-ME or email@example.com if you would like donate—or postpone—your holiday week deliveries. And remember that your donation is tax deductible.
Everyone loves fresh fruit; we hope you consider a donation this holiday season.