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SOUTH FLORIDA : 'Mangoes To Share' Group Donates King Of Fruit To Homeless Shelters




















By ALEXANDER GONZALEZ • AUGUST 6, 2015





Anna Milaeva, founder of Mangoes to Share, and Steven Brownlee pick mangos from a South Miami home on Sunday, July 5. 


Later that day, they donated more than 500 pounds to the Miami Rescue Mission shelters in Wynwood.


The Mangoes to Share organization collected piles of these large mangos from Forton Wimbush's property in South Miami. The mango collectors have been traveling throughout South Florida for two years now.



Summer and mangoes go hand in hand in South Florida. People with mango trees in their backyards often give the King of Fruit to coworkers and friends.




But these small gifts don't make a dent in the hundreds of mangoes growing in people’s backyards. The solution? Some homeowners ignore them and let them overripe until the point of rotting.





That’s when Anna Milaeva got an idea. She was running in the residential areas near Brickell and stumbled upon a mango in someone’s backyard.




“I saw some mangos on the street, and people throwing them away,”
she says. The 30-year-old was born in Russia and came to the United States 10 years ago.



Milaeva did what any mango-lover would do. She found a good one and ate it.




 As she munched on the sweet, and often messy, orange flesh, she says “the idea was born.”




Milaeva founded Mangoes to Share, an organization that collects mangos throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. 



The group then donates them to nearby homeless shelters, such as Camillus House and the Miami Rescue Mission. 





About 10 to 15 people – mainly friends of Milaeva’s – volunteer to collect mangos growing in people’s homes.



Mangoes to Share started with a Facebook page, which Milaeva shared and then saw a cascade like mangos dropping one by one.



Milaeva says she doesn’t keep track of how many mangos they’ve collected, but she estimates that it’s in the hundreds of pounds since Mangoes to Share started in 2014.





Anna Milaeva picks mangos at Forton Wimbush's home. The Brickell-based office manager founded Mangoes to Share while she was jogging in Brickell and saw mangos going to waste.
CREDIT ALEXANDER GONZALEZ / WLRN







This summer alone, Mangoes to Share has collected more than 700 pounds of the fruit. Mialeva says this is thanks to frequent posting on social media sites and reaching out to last year’s donors.





One of the biggest mango donors hails from South Miami. Forton Wimbush’s property has about a dozen mango trees that produce more than hundreds of mangos each summer.



“I can’t estimate it. It’s overwhelming at times,” says Wimbush about the number of mangoes in his backyard.




Wimbush says he heard about Mangoes to Share from a mutual friend of Milaeva’s.



“A colleague works out with one of her good friends. And I bring in mangoes often to work… and asked if I was interested in donating,” he says.



Wimbush has been living with the mango-ridden home for a little more than two years. The 35-year old attorney and his wife left New Jersey in search of a warmer climate.




He says the mango trees were a big draw. The Wimbush couple can’t recall the last time they bought a mango at a supermarket. They’ve experimented with all kinds of mango recipes, including a mango cake, grilled mangoes and mango infused bourbon.




Wimbush says every morning he tries to collect as many mangos on the ground before he heads to work at a downtown Miami law firm.





Forton Wimbush invited Mangoes to Share for the second year to him home. He has about a dozen mango trees in his backyard.
CREDIT ALEXANDER GONZALEZ / WLRN





“A lot of [the mangoes] break and go bad so they would just be going to waste,” he says.



 “I’m so happy that I can share them with people that are in need.”





Milaeva and her friend Steven Brownlee, a jewelry craftsman by day, stopped by Wimbush’s home one late afternoon in early July.




In a little more than an hour, Milaeva and Brownlee trimmed and picked their way to more than 500 mangoes. The pair used a tree trimmer and fruit picker to round up the least ripe ones – often the greenest and most purple in color.




That same day, the Mangoes to Share team gave the mangoes to the Miami Rescue Mission where they were divided between the women’s and men’s shelters, which are based in Wynwood.




The men’s shelter houses more than 350 people, also known as “clients” to the staff at the Miami Rescue Mission. 




About 250 mangos made it to the daily fresh fruit bin for lunch. Residents have the option to take them whole and prepare them to their liking.






Sam Cheever, 44, was surprised at the size of this batch.



“It’s like they’re on steroids,” says Cheever who has been living with Miami Rescue Mission for "two years, too long."



Mangoes are one of Cheever's favorite fruits. He says it’s been about a month since he had a mango. 




The men’s shelter receives fresh fruit daily from local grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, Publix and Fresh Market. The shelter gets between two and 12 mangoes a day, according to Mitch Haller, food services coordinator at Miami Rescue Mission.




Cheever says some of the donated mangoes, however, are not “nice and firm” like the ones he had with lunch that day.



“Normally, some of the mangos are real beat up and overripe,” he says. 


“I’m so glad they picked this shelter to give it to.”





Mangoes to Share has also collected mangoes in Hollywood and Boca Raton. As for the future, Milaeva says she wants to continue “spreading the word” and possibly expand to avocados.




“Or any food,” she says.



“I mean if people are excited about donating something, we can pick up any food. It doesn’t have to be mangoes necessarily.”








For more information on donating mangoes, visit Mangoes to Share’s Facebook page or email mangoestoshare@gmail.com.






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