Fruit It Forward

Share this post

It’s not often that a company gives its clients the chance to help those in need by enabling them to donate their purchases directly to charity. That is exactly what The FruitGuys Donate-a-Crate program does: instead of canceling an order when an office will be closed for a holiday, any client of The FruitGuys can choose to forward their fruit delivery to a local charity.

Every year since 2008, dozens of generous companies have donated hundreds of crates of fruit—totaling hundreds of thousands of servings—to local charities.

You can choose from our list of charities in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, and Phoenix metro areas, or let us know which local charity you'd like to send a crate of fruit to.

In 2014, San Francisco’s Family House received fruit for families of critically ill children undergoing treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. All Family House families travel at least 50 miles for treatment, and many are away from home for weeks or months at a time. Family House not only provides a place to sleep, but also communal kitchen and living spaces. Families cook together and become a support network for each other. “If the kitchen is the heart of the home, good food like fresh fruit from The FruitGuys is the lifeblood for these families during the most stressful time of their lives,” says Susan Neff, Family House development director.

Already a FruitGuys customer? Just contact us at or 1-877-378-4863 and we can set up your donation.

Want to donate a crate, but not a FruitGuys customer? Be a FruitAngel! Call and order fruit to be sent to the charity of your choice.

The FruitGuys GoodWorks mission is to feed the hungry and those in need with healthy, farm-fresh fruit. We do this through weekly direct donations of fruit to food banks in your region (400,000 pounds in 2014); our Donate-a-Crate program; and donations to first responders during major emergencies (Hurricane Sandy; Northern California wildfires). Read our 2014 GoodWorks Annual Report to learn more. Our nonprofit, The FruitGuys Community Fund, provides grants to small farms for sustainability projects and invites customers and community members alike to participate in the grant-making process.


Sign up for our monthly newsletter


Recent GoodWorks articles:

The FruitGuys boosts small farms’ impact on environmental, economic, and community health
April 12, 2017
The FruitGuys donated 2 million servings of fresh produce in 2016
January 24, 2017
Meet The FruitGuys Community Fund’s class of 2016
April 14, 2016
Your donation will fund a small farm’s sustainability project
March 24, 2016
Community Fund launches Barnraiser to help more farms
February 24, 2016
Big impacts for hungry people and small farms
February 24, 2016
How to send fruit to those in need
October 28, 2015
Grantee farms progress on solar, soil, and pleasing pollinators
September 9, 2015
Seven billion dreams. One planet. Consume With Care.
June 5, 2015
Grants awarded to small sustainable farms
April 23, 2015

More recent articles:

Your workplace can help save the world
September 19, 2017
Yoga for your neck and back
September 14, 2017
A clean office is a healthy office
September 12, 2017
Six ways to get creative with apples
September 7, 2017
Six tips for starting a Walktober challenge at your workplace
September 5, 2017
Three simple slow cooker recipes that use summer vegetables
August 31, 2017
Seven employee benefits that are so 2017
August 29, 2017
Layered salads for your work lunch
August 24, 2017
Four strategies to strengthen your team and minimize gossip
August 22, 2017
How to go green with your fizzy water habit
August 17, 2017

About Us

Our monthly online magazine features articles about fitness, health, food, and work, as well as recipes featuring farm-fresh fruit!