Every year, literally tons of mangoes go to waste in Palm Beach County during the summer. This year, a local nonprofit organization, local businesses, and a neighborhood association want to change that. The joint effort – Mangoes for Charity – supports local community gardens.

Mangoes for Charity is asking Palm Beach County residents to harvest and donate their many mangoes that would otherwise go to waste. There are various locations in Palm Beach County where residents can donate, or buy, surplus mangoes and thus support local community gardens:

Common Grounds Coffee Shop, 12 S. J St., Lake Worth
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Darbster, 8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Tue.-Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Delray Beach Children’s Garden, 137 SW Second Ave., Delray Beach
Tue.-Thur., 3-5:30 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-noon; Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Outside of these hours, leave mangoes at the entrance from the parking lot on the east side of the garden.)

Delray Beach Green Market, Mangoes for Charity tent, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (east half of the tennis center parking lot)
Sat., 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; 917-841-3188

Judy’s Wine and Cheese Café, 82 N. Dixie Highway, Lantana
Tue.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Mother Earth Sanctuary, 410 Second Ave. N., Lake Worth
Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

New Vegan Restaurant, 528 NE Second St., Delray Beach
Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

If you want to buy mangoes, call in advance to ensure they are available.

Proceeds from Mangoes for Charity go to local nonprofit gardens, including the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, Frog Alley Community Garden, and Gladiolus Education Garden.

For more information, visit MangoesForCharity.org.