Rayne Thompson, vice president of government relations and public policy for Sunkist Growers, and California Assembly member Jim Cooper were at a March 23 donation of citrus by Sunkist.  ( Courtesy Sunkist Growers Inc. )

Sunkist Growers is donating three truckloads of citrus to schools and food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first load went to Elk Grove Unified School District on March 20, according to a news release.

“During these uncertain times, every act of kindness goes a long way,” California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), who was on hand at the donation, said in the release. “Sunkist Growers have stepped up and I commend and applaud their generosity to help those in need, especially those in Sacramento County who are having difficulties accessing healthy food options.”

Jim Phillips, president and CEO of Sunkist, said harvesting, packing and shipping of citrus continues through the crisis. 

“We want to make sure people have access to fresh California citrus through their local schools and food banks, now more than ever,” Phillips said in the release. “As a California-native, I am proud to be part of this community and thankful to be able to do our part.”

There are 2,500 grower members of the Sunkist Grower cooperative in California and Arizona, according to the release.

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