Harvest Fruit and Fight Hunger in Fillmore!

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ORGANIZATION: Food Forward

Who: Do you like fighting hunger & food waste in your own community, making your own volunteer schedule, and working outside? You may love being a Harvest Leader! Harvest Leaders are trained volunteers who harvest fruit all across Southern California.

You must be at least 16 years old to train as a Harvest Leader, and volunteers 16 - 17 years old must have a parent or legal guardian who trains and volunteers with them.

What: Harvest Leaders can choose to harvest fruit trees in any of the following ways: (1) by themselves; (2) with family and/or friends; or (3) by leading harvest events that are open to volunteers from the public (which Food Forward recruits for you). Food Forward communicates with homeowners and managers of private properties, parks, farms, and orchards who are interested in donating their fruit. We’ll help you identify a property and a time that works for you to harvest. You just need to bring some equipment (which we’ll give you), register any people joining you and help them get started, and harvest as much fruit as possible!

You will need to be comfortable lifting boxes weighing 20 pounds. You’ll also need reliable access to a vehicle to transport harvesting equipment and deliver the produce to a local hunger relief agency. Food Forward provides liability insurance for the event.

When: Extremely flexible! You can let us know what days and times you prefer to volunteer, but we ask Harvest Leaders to commit to volunteering at 6 harvest events over the course of a year or less. Of course, if you’d like to volunteer more, we’d be thrilled. Harvest events take 2-3 hours in total, including setting up before and wrapping up after.

Where: We harvest fruit (and some veggies too) all across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, although we need Harvest Leaders in Fillmore specifically.

Why: We often have more fruit-filled properties than we are able to harvest. Without more Harvest Leaders, that fruit will go to waste! A Harvest Leader and a few other volunteers will harvest hundreds of pounds of food to donate at an average harvest event.

Joining our Event Leader community also connects you with folks from all walks of life who are passionate about food access, food waste, sustainability, and the outdoors. You’ll have a regular opportunity to make a big impact, and you’ll get to meet some great people and trees along the way.

How: We'll have you check out a harvest with a trained Harvest Leader. If you love it, we'll get you through the rest of our training and paperwork process! A background check (free to you) is required.

***Email volunteer@foodforward.org to let us know you're interested!***

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About Food Forward

Location:

7412 Fulton Ave, N HOLLYWOOD, CA 91605, US

Mission Statement

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same.

Description

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Environment
Hunger
Community, Environment, Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Fillmore, CA 93015

(34.39916,-118.91815)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Harvests are 2-3 hours total. We ask that Harvest Leaders are able to lead 6 or more events over the course of a year.

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