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The college application process was not an easy one for me. I didn’t know where I wanted to go to  school, and I had no idea what to say to encapsulate myself in an essay. I finally settled on telling the  story of the summer I spent rehabbing houses in the Appalachian Mountain towns of Kentucky. I tried  to capture the work we did—rebuilding bathrooms and installing septic systems, framing houses,  roofing in 100-degree heat—but my essay seemed jumbled somehow. It was hardest to describe  Stafford Walker, a 6-foot-and-some-inches Texan who led our group: quiet and diligent; 1950s  square black-framed glasses and a crew cut; constant, steady, and humble. Every time he picked up  a hammer, navigated his lanky 60-year-old body onto a steep, two-story roof, or sat and respectfully  shared a beer with the owners of the homes we were working on, he showed us all something that  was true: be kind and respectful and try to make the world a better place.

I often think about Stafford and others who have been “good works” role models for me. At this time  of year, I wanted to let you know a little more about who we are and the charitable programs that are  important to us.

The FruitGuys has always been a mission-driven business that attempts not only to have a positive  impact on people’s health, but to offer support on two specific fronts: First, to help small farmers  become more sustainable; and second, to help people in need with donations of healthy food. As our  business grows, we think about ways to expand these programs and how to involve our clients who  wish to help. If you’re interested, here’s how you can get involved:

Visit the GoodWorks area of our website at to read about our projects and  ways to participate. Our current Almanac newsletter includes expanded information on our GoodWorks  program—sign up for this monthly e-newsletter on our homepage at or via our Almanac.  As projects come up during the year, we’ll let you know how you can help.

Next, I encourage you to consider our Donate-a-Crate program if your office will be closed on any of  the fruit delivery days during the holiday season. Through this program, we’ll either send your donated  fruit to one of the many charities we support, or we’ll happily deliver your case to the local charity of  your choice.

Please let us know if you have any questions. And thank you for your business, as it allows us to help  others as well. Visit to see what’s in your case this week and where it comes from.

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy & Be Fruitful!


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Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.