SPECIAL NOTICE: The 2016 Arcadia Citrus Program has been suspended because of the discovery of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in western Maricopa County.
ARCADIA CITRUS PROGRAM HISTORY
Started in the Spring of 1999, boy scouts picked oranges from the Arcadia neighborhood and Tavan Elementary School. This citrus, usually 8000 lbs. was transported to the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations by John Savoy and Barry Paceley.
The 2001 discovery of roof rats stimulated Arcadia residents to glean their door-yard fruit and donate it to Arcadia Citrus Program. The Scottsdale Elks Lodge proved to be a convenient location for Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe homeowners. An average of 120 tons of citrus is annually donated and distributed to food banks, senior centers, AZ Indian tribes and MCSO.
The 2016 Arcadia Citrus Program has been suspended Arcadia Citrus Program because of the discovery of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in western Maricopa County. This reflects the actions of the local food banks. Government agencies are restricting the movement of citrus and citrus fruit.Since most of our fruit is donated from anonymous sources, the Arcadia Citrus Program have no ability to track or verify if the fruit may be infected or subject to these restrictions.
The Arcadia Citrus Program collected over 3 million pounds of quality fruit over the 14 years of the program, of which most was donated to food banks, Arizona Indian tribes and the MCSO Food Distribution Unit. We are grateful for the outstanding efforts of our program partners: Scottsdale Elks Club, cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe and numerous volunteer groups, such as Bank of America, Arcadia High School Key Club, Boy Scouts of America and Camelback Kiwanis.
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