Do you have excess citrus fruit on your trees around Singleton? Or would you or your community organisation like some free citrus fruit? Slow Food Singleton, a local community group, are in the middle of another 'Citrus Rescue' this winter where you can either donate or receive citrus for free.
Slow Food Singleton's Michelle King and Jan Fallding explain "We hate to see fruit on trees around Singleton going to waste each year, and it is a relatively simple exercise to set up a system where we can collect that fruit, and then redistribute it to people in the community. People can either give away their fruit via our Facebook page, or deliver fruit to our drop off point in town, or they can contact us if they need help picking the fruit. Then, anyone can come to the drop off point to help themselves to fruit".
Their Facebook page 'Slow Food Singleton' explains how the system works, and the location of the drop off point. Or you can phone or text their Citrus Rescue Coordinator Michelle on 0439 398 758.
"By far the most satisfying part is that we have also taken boxes of fruit to Singleton Neighbourhood Centre, Singleton Preschool, Singleton Public School Breakfast Club, Singleton Heights Public School, King St Public School, the ADRA Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Singleton District Community Op Shop, Wattaka Café, even a couple of bags to the Lions Book Fair last weekend" said Jan. "If there are other community organisations or sporting groups that could benefit from the fruit, please get in contact with us" urges Michelle.
Jess Withers is the Breakfast Club coordinator at Singleton Public School, who is very grateful for the donated fruit from the community, which has been given to students at their morning 'Breakfast Club'.
Jan says: "We estimate that the Citrus Rescue has received about 50 boxes of oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit since we started in June, and we have delivered about half of that to organisations, with the other half being picked up by Singleton residents. Plus there is the fruit that has been given away online. We plan to keep this going all the way through citrus season possibly to the end of September".
"Also, the Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter have offered to help us pick fruit, for which we are thankful, as we are only a small organisation" said Michelle.
If you'd like to find out more about the Slow Food organisation or to help with the Citrus Rescue or to join Slow Food Singleton (only $10/yr), please contact them as above.