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Local orchard gives fruit to those in need

WAPATO, Wash. - For the last five years Valicoff Fruit in Wapato has donated several thousand pounds of apples to Northwest Harvest.

It's one of the best things Valicoff Fruit can do, said Rob Valicoff, owner.

"What a better way to give back to the community that's nourishing and to be able to have people enjoy a piece of fruit," He said.

Valicoff started donating his apples to Northwest Harvest after a hail storm caused some damage. Even though the apples were still good, they couldn't be packaged and sold to grocery stores because they had a few bumps and bruises, he said.

"So instead of giving it away for a couple of cents a pound, we figured we would give it to somebody whose in need," Valicoff said.

Valicoff would never donate apples that weren't good enough to eat. The apples he usually donates usually have some kind of cosmetic damage or if they have been packaged wrong, he said.

Last year, Valicoff donated about 40 thousand pounds of apples and plans on donating more in the future.

"They can just about count on us for fruit all year at some point," Valicoff said.