California State University, Northridge students and community members came together at the campus’ historic Orange Grove on July 29 to pick oranges for a good cause. Throughout the morning, kids and adults alike retrieved fruit pickers and filled their boxes with Valencia oranges that would be donated to feed people in need.
For the past seven years, CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability and the local nonprofit Food Forward have teamed up to host this event. Thousands of oranges are donated every year because of this initiative.
“We were able to pick about 5,000 pounds of oranges in just two hours,” said Kiana Lucero, Project Coordinator for the Institute for Sustainability. “It was a very successful day that helped donate a bunch of fruit to local food banks.”
About 130 people, including members from Wells Fargo, AVID and CSUN Men’s Basketball team, volunteered to collect oranges at the event.
“We wanted to get involved with the community, especially before the season begins,” said Scott Sommer, Director of Basketball Operations. “As far as community outreach, we are trying to get involved in anyway possible to make a larger impact on the players’ lives.”
To volunteer for the next scheduled Orange Grove harvest in April 2018 and other future events, sign up at https://foodforward.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer/.