SALT LAKE CITY — More than 25,000 pounds of fruit has been collected for the city’s “FruitShare” program, going to help local food assistance programs.
The program, run by City Hall, coordinates the donation of fruit from urban trees in an effort to prevent waste problems caused by rotting fruit on the ground. In a statement, the mayor’s office said more than 300 trees were harvested this year. People can register their trees to have the fruit picked and some of it given to local shelters.
“By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, SLC FruitShare prevents waste, builds community knowledge and resources, and increases access to healthy, locally-grown food,” said Bridget Stuchly, sustainability program manager for Salt Lake City, in a statement from the mayor’s office.
Pears and apples were given to the Fourth Street Clinic and other food action groups that help the homeless.