In the backyard of our first home in Los Angeles, an avocado tree produced creamy yields of such bounty we could never keep up no matter how much guacamole we made. It seemed a shame to let all that fruit rot. It’s especially troubling today when nearly 15 percent of the population in L.A. County lacks sufficient access to affordable, nutritious food.
Food Forward puts your fruit tree surplus to good use by sending volunteers to rescue the excess produce from your backyard. They also recover otherwise wasted produce from 19 weekly farmers markets and the Downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% is distributed, free of charge, to local food pantries. Through its various partners, Food Forward’s harvested fruits and veggies feed over 100,000 Southern Californians per month.
Food Forward’s work strengthens communities (and biceps!) as volunteers and neighbors work side-by-side to bring high quality nutrition to people in need. To date, Food Forward has recovered and donated over 28 million pounds (112 million servings) of fresh local produce to over 300 direct service agencies in counties throughout Southern California.
“Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.”
How You Can Pitch In
Refer a Business Let us know about your favorite local business. We will donate $10 to Food Forward for each recommendation.
Food Forward hosts up to 160 volunteer opportunities each month in various areas including the SF Valley, the SG Valley, Hollywood, the West Side, and Ventura County. To learn about events go to: foodforward.org/volunteer.