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Updated: 02/05/2014 05:42:07PM

Don’t let your fruit fall; they will catch it for you

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PHOTO BY MARY LOU DUNN-RANKIN

At last year’s citrus drive, volunteers Rob Montayo, Sam Merriman, Elizabeth Kresse and Kori Disler pack oranges.

PHOTO BY MARY LOU DUNN-RANKIN

At last year’s citrus drive, volunteers Rob Montayo, Sam Merriman, Elizabeth Kresse and Kori Disler pack oranges.

PHOTO BY MARY LOU DUNN-RANKIN

Zachary Reintsema loads citrus that will be brought to Christ United Methodist Church, which will donate it to local food pantries. His efforts were part of an annual citrus food drive, which will be held this year on Saturday, Feb. 8.

PHOTO BY MARY LOU DUNN-RANKIN

Zachary Reintsema loads citrus that will be brought to Christ United Methodist Church, which will donate it to local food pantries. His efforts were part of an annual citrus food drive, which will be held this year on Saturday, Feb. 8.

By KATIE DUNN-RANKIN

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Many Floridians have a friend or family member who habitually drops off oranges or grapefruits that they don’t want. Often, owners of citrus trees are unable to use all of the citrus that grows on the trees in their yards. Then, if these homeowners aren’t able to use or get rid of all their citrus, it ends up falling to the ground and rotting.

The Society of St. Andrew sponsors citrus drives to prevent this leftover citrus from going to waste. Volunteers collect unwanted citrus from farmers and homeowners, and then the fruit is donated to local food organizations.

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