By: Katie Prescott, Nutrition Volunteer
An early foggy morning turned into a beautiful day to pick citrus. Dozens of volunteers from all over Orlando met at First United Methodist Church of Oviedo to pick hundreds of pounds of citrus from local homes that signed up to give their extra fruit to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Their generosity is going to help the many people in need of fresh fruit. The volunteers were made up or students, families, and community members from all walks of life. The volunteers were sent out in small groups to homes all over Oviedo. My group included Sascha Munn, Diona Castillo, Ansley Olinger, and Mike Prescott.
We went to two homes and picked close to 100 bags of grape fruit, lemons, oranges, and tangerines. Many of the trees were full of gorgeous fruit that might have gone to waist had we not been there to pick it. I loved the way the fruit smelled as I plucked it from the trees. The whole day was spent laughing and talking with new friends as we helped to feed people in need in Central Florida.
After picking the fruit we drove back to First United Methodist Church of Oviedo to add our bags of freshly picked citrus to the many other bags that were being loaded onto the Second Harvest Food Bank truck. It was really wonderful to see what a few hours of work and many volunteers could accomplish.
Society of St. Andrew’s 12th Annual Orlando-area Citrus Drive brought in over 25,000 pounds of fresh citrus! Thank you to everyone who helped out.