San Diego-based organic fruit grower and importer Organics Unlimited donated organic bananas to Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and Feeding America San Diego in 2016.

“If our organic bananas are too ripe to distribute to grocery store customers in perfection, I would rather donate that product to those who need it instead of risk the product not reaching customers in time,” said Mayra Velazquez de León, president of Organics Unlimited. “We are able to help families with food insecurity by providing them healthy, organic bananas, and at the same time we are minimizing the amount of wasted product. Our parterships with local San Diego food banks help us to stay committed to being a sustainable company that gives back to our communities.”

The company donates imperfect boxes of fruit through it’s nonprofit program, the GROW Fund.