Sunkist Growers announced it will donate three truckloads of fresh California grown citrus fruit to California schools and food banks.
During its first delivery which was to Elk Grove Unified School District on March 20, Sunkist was joined by Assembly member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove). This is the first of many donations and has provided nourishment to community members.
“As the longest-standing cooperative, we have a commitment to care for our communities,” said Jim Phillips, CEO and President, Sunkist Growers. “Sunkist Growers is proudly owned by 2,500 California and Arizona farmers, and the member group continues to grow, pick, pack and ship its more than 40 fresh citrus varieties to communities all over the world.”
“During these uncertain times, every act of kindness goes a long way. Sunkist Growers have stepped up, and I commend and applaud their generosity to help those in need, especially those in Sacramento County who are having difficulties accessing healthy food options,” Cooper said. “This donation truly makes a difference.”
Phillips added, “We want to make sure people have access to fresh California citrus through their local schools and food banks, now more than ever. As a California-native, I am proud to be part of this community and thankful to be able to do our part. We extend our deepest gratitude and thank Assemblyman Jim Cooper for joining us for our first delivery.”
Citrus is an essential immune-boosting fruit. According to the National Institute of Health, “Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function.” For example, one Sunkist Cara Cara orange provides 100 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C.