Burbank resident Helena David is nearing her goal to pick 100,000 pieces of fruit by the end of January. Throughout the year, she has been coordinating a donation project in which she and her teams pick fruit from trees in the yards of people from Burbank, Glendale and throughout Los Angeles and then takes them to nonprofit organizations that assist the homeless and needy.
Helena, along with her husband Scott and two neighbors, delivered 4,199 lemons, oranges and avocados to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry on Dec. 23. That brings her grand total for the year to 84,801, she said.
Luis Oliart, director of the food pantry, said the organization is a 100% all volunteer coalition of 12 Christian and Jewish congregations. They distribute bread and nonperishable food items to the homeless and needy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday in a parking lot at 4390 Colfax Ave. in Studio City. The food is collected by congregations, individuals, schools and community organizations.