Sunkist Growers Donates Fresh Citrus Fruit to California Communities
- by Jordan Okumura
ELK GROVE, CA - Citrus, full of delicious immunity-boosting vitamin C, is essential in our daily lives if you ask me. Sunkist Growers is recognizing that need for many and has announced it will donate three truckloads of fresh California-grown citrus fruit to California schools and food banks.
“As the longest-standing cooperative, we have a commitment to care for our communities,” said Jim Phillips, Chief Executive Officer and President. “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.”
Assembly member Jim Cooper joined Sunkist for its first delivery to Elk Grove Unified School District on Friday, March 20. This is the first of many donations and provided nourishment to community members.
“During these uncertain times, every act of kindness goes a long way. Sunkist Growers has 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,” said Cooper (D-Elk Grove). “This donation truly makes a difference.”
According to a press release, the National Institute of Health notes fruits and vegetables are the best source of obtaining the much needed vitamin C that plays a vital role in strengthening our immune system. Sunkist’s donation comes at a critical time seeing as one Sunkist Cara Cara orange provides 100 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C.
“We want to make sure people have access to fresh California citrus through their local schools and food banks, now more than ever,” Phillips added. “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.”
Sunkist offers over 40 varieties of fresh citrus, and its growers—large and small—work to offer quality fruit that consumers enjoy worldwide.
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