Every time Luke brings in 3-4 crates of apples, that week 150 kids in the neighborhood get a snack. That’s one fruit tree in the city, one way that somebody can sign up with City Fruit without having to do a lot, and the impact is just enormous in our neighborhood. That’s kind of extraordinary to think about. They’re not eating a bag of potato chips. They’re eating something that you grew yourself.Miguel Jimenez, Resource Development Coordinator at Rainier Valley Food Bank
Twenty percent of families in King County, including nearly 80,000 children, are food insecure, meaning that they do not know where their next meal will come from. Additionally, half of these families are not eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps). City Fruit helps to fill that gap. Since our founding, we have grown from an initial harvest of 10,000 pounds in 2009 from two neighborhoods to ALL neighborhoods in Seattle plus select communities in South King County, picking a total of over 250,000 pounds of fruit, and teaching hundreds of community members how to care for their trees along the way.
2018 was a bumper year for City Fruit with nearly 47,000 pounds of fruit harvested, including 8,791 pounds from public orchards. We also brought together hundreds of volunteers, and racked up more than 2,000 hours of service. City Fruit worked with 40 recipient organizations to deliver fresh fruit to food banks and meal programs for 20 weeks. Read more about our impact in the latest City Fruit Annual Report.
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