FruitShare partners with fruit tree owners and community volunteers to harvest and distribute fruit that would otherwise go to waste.
What is FruitShare?
We lead small groups of volunteers to harvest the fruit from previously neglected trees (homeowners yards, orchards, etc.), organizing 20+ harvests per week during our peak season!
The fresh fruit is then split up between the homeowners, volunteers and the Green Urban Lunch Box, where we redistribute the fruit within the community. See below for more specific examples of where this fresh fruit goes!
Food Waste: In the Salt Lake Valley, thousands of fruit trees grow in homeowners’ backyards, collectively producing hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year. Due to the amount of attention fruit trees require, much of this fruit falls to the ground and goes to waste! Food waste is one of the leading causes of climate change and by reducing the amount of fruit that rots on the ground, we can eliminate a portion of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
Health Inequity: Additionally, 373,850 people are food insecure in Utah, meaning they do not have adequate resources to purchase nutritionally dense foods. Since the coronavirus pandemic started, we have watched the need for food assistance increase significantly. It is forecasted that the number of food insecure Utahns will increase by an additional 165,000 individuals. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity”. These problems are serious and we are committed to combating them at a local level.
Where does the fruit go?
How It Works - Tree Owners
2. Request a scout.
We scout upwards of 20 trees a day, and schedule based on location. Please note you are signing up for a range of time, and can expect us anytime within that range. Request a scout here.
3. Your tree will be scouted.
A staff member will come out and assess the accessibility and fruit load of your tree. Then the scout will determine the best time to harvest your tree, and you will receive an email notification when your tree is scheduled (or possibly a notification that your request for harvest was denied and your tree added to the waitlist).
4. Fruit is harvested and put towards hunger relief.
A group of volunteers will come and harvest as much fruit as we can! Please note: we are sometimes unable to harvest the entire tree.
Questions about our program? See our FAQ (coming soon!) or contact our FruitShare Coordinator at email@example.com.
Trees registered in the program
Volunteers (mostly reoccurring) in 2020
Pounds of fruit harvested in 2020
Volunteer Hours Contributed in 2020
How to Support FruitShare
Subscribe to our FruitShare tree care program.
We offer pruning and fertilizing services for a small fee to homeowners registered in the FruitShare program. These services improve the health of trees and provide more abundant, higher quality fruit to donate to hunger relief.
Join the volunteer team!
We love our volunteers and would love to have you join us! There are many ways you can volunteer–from picking fruit to helping in a garden to sitting on a committee.