The modern grocery store is designed to hide the impact of seasons on the consumer. What a reality check it was, when the volunteer who does the grocery shopping for our Senior Meal Program had to report back that there were no oranges. No oranges? No oranges, because what wasn’t lost in California’s fires, was ruined by Florida’s hurricanes. What little citrus is for purchase is significantly more expensive this year. In turn, this directly affects the donation stream. Donors can rarely afford to donate during a shortage.
The orange is a special fruit. Maybe I’m being overly partial because I’m from Florida myself, but citrus is a special ray of sunshine in winters drab produce season. It’s one of the few seasonal fruits in the winter and one of the best seasonal sources of vitamin C.
Meal Program Manager