The Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Westchester has begun its ìHarvest Westchesterî program to allow local community members who own fruit trees to donate their excess fruit and vegetables to people in need.

Donations of fruits and vegetables can be boxed up and dropped off between noon and 6 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester, to be delivered to the LAX Food Pantry on Friday mornings.

Church representatives can also schedule a time to pick up the donations at residentsí homes, or a team of trained volunteers can be sent to residentsí homes to harvest the fruit on the trees.

Under the program, the church is working to create a large and growing database of residential fruit trees that will be available for harvest throughout the course of the year, yielding fruit such as apples, peaches, plums, persimmons, oranges, nectarines, lemons, grapefruit and other varieties.

Church members say they hope to strengthen the support offered to property owners and residents to preserve and maintain their trees as a valuable food resource.

The church is also seeking volunteers to help pick fruit, including students and members of service and religious organizations. The church is particularly seeking volunteers who have a truck, wagon, or bike trailer, as well as those with experience or knowledge of fruit trees and harvesting.

Information, www.harvestwestchester.org/, or (310) 670-4777.

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