Sunkist Growers has announced that it will donate three truckloads of fresh California-grown citrus to California schools and food banks.
Assembly member Jim Cooper joined Sunkist for its first delivery to Elk Grove Unified School District on Friday 20 March, the first of many donations to provide nourishment to community members amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
“As the longest-standing cooperative, we have a commitment to care for our communities,” said Jim Phillips, CEO and president of 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,' said Cooper. '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. 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.”