Baton Rouge Green’s City Citrus program is holding its fourth annual Pick Event on Saturday, when volunteers will pick fresh citrus fruit for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to distribute to needy families.
Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the food bank to receive instructions, breakfast and harvest tools. Work usually concludes about noon to 1 p.m.
The Pick Event is held in cooperation with Bofinger's Tree Service and Lamar Advertising.
“While residential fruit production in the Baton Rouge area is down this year, we are encouraged by the response we have received from both residential citrus tree owners who offer their trees to be harvested and our Pick Event volunteers. We look forward to harvesting and donating thousands of pounds of citrus for Louisiana families,” City Citrus Program Manager Christopher Cooper said.
The 2016 Pick Event saw volunteers harvesting and delivering more than 6,300 pounds of fresh fruit for the food bank, whose representatives said the citrus fruit harvested during the annual event makes up the majority of the fresh fruits the food bank offers during the holiday season.