A very pleasant surprise awaited agency and pantry shoppers inside the Second Harvest warehouse this week—bucket after bucket of multi-colored gerbera daisies. The beautiful blooms were donated by Kitayama Brothers of Watsonville, who had a surplus of the flowers and called to see if we could use them.
“The flowers were a beautiful addition,” said Ana Melgoza, Agency Relations Coordinator for Second Harvest. “It seemed like spring had sprung in the Agency Distribution Center despite the chilly temperature.”
According to Ana, “The agencies were surprised to see daisies, and after confirming they were free, they were very happy to be able to take flowers to their agencies and clients. The daisies will adorn group homes and rehab centers and be given out at pantry distributions. I am sure they will put a smile on everyone’s face, especially those families who cannot afford to buy flowers! Imagine feeling stressed about not having enough to eat, you go to a pantry and they also give you flowers. What joy. Priceless!”
Kitayama Brothers, a grower and shipper of cut flowers from Northern California since 1948, was the largest greenhouse grower in the U.S. in the late 1970’s, However, over the last 20 years, the flower industry has undergone a huge transition and now more than 70% of the flowers used in the United States are grown offshore. Sadly, more than half of the California flower growers in business 20 years ago are now closed. Kitayama Brothers success has been the result of being able to adapt their business while continuing to grow excellent quality flowers.
Thanks to Kitayama Brothers for this generous donation that brightened the week for so many people.