It’s been more than a year since Amazon opened its “Community Banana Stand” in Seattle and the program appears to be a hit.
Amazon officially handed out its millionth banana and is now distributing about 5,000 a day, according to a video the company posted. A “banista” in the video says that’s up from about 1,200 a day when the stand first opened.
Unlike the Bluth family icon, there’s never been any money in the Banana Stand for Amazon. Potassium-filled treats are free and up for grabs to anyone passing by between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Amazon employee or not. The stand has become a fixture at Amazon’s South Lake Union headquarters.
In the video, Amazon says the banana stand was “originally conceived by Jeff Bezos,” like many of the company’s initiatives.
“Bananas are a great healthy snack with built-in compostable packaging,” an Amazon rep said when the stand opened.