Over 400 people joined us yesterday to walk one-mile around the Capitol in support of Community Food Banks at the 2nd Annual Citrus Stride. Citrus Strong pledged to donate 1,000 pounds of citrus to California Food Banks for each registered participant, resulting in over 400,000 pounds of citrus being donated!

This year’s event brought out even more Legislatures than last year, giving the citrus industry’s positive impact on health, economy, and the environment more exposure amongst lawmakers. Kicking off the start of the walk was Ag Secretary Karen Ross who stated that citrus “is a healthy, nutritious snack and an economic driver.”

Participants were able to enjoy a photo booth with a citrus carton backdrop, music, fresh citrus, and water bottle giveaways. Along the walk they were greeted by various fun facts about the citrus industry educating them on the many benefits from citrus. The CCM team was joined by CCM Board members Brian Neufeld and John Gless and their families along with growers Jim Bates and Kathryn Hogan.

We were excited to have the Community Food Bank of Fresno partner with us by bringing their Nutrition on Wheels truck to pass out orange scones and fresh mandarin parfaits for the Citrus Stride participants. Their presence helped us highlight that the purpose of this event is to benefit food banks and step up to hunger.

Senator Jean Fuller shaking hands with next generation citrus grower, Hank, son of CCM Executive Board Member Brian Neufeld.

Pledge a Donation to the Food Banks!

The event was a huge success, bringing our largest crowd yet! We have a large donation order to fill and ask that you please consider supporting the Citrus Stride by donating to the Food Banks. Our commitment to providing 400,000 pounds of citrus to foods banks depends upon the generosity of shippers like you. Pledge a donation to the Community Food Banks for every walker who registered, or a flat donation of any amount.  We will work with you and our partners at the Community Food Bank to coordinate the logistics.
For information about the tax benefits of donating fresh produce to food banks, click here.

Please feel free to contact CCM Director of Public Affairs Alyssa Houtby at (559) 592-3790 if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your support!

Assemblywomen Eloise Reyes, Jacqui Irwin, and Monique Limon ready for their 1-mile walk!