The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. We rescue fruits and vegetables from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 50 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year.
Food Foward only takes an hour and a half to do on a Sunday afternoon and is rather simple. I enjoy the task of asking businesses to donate and the organization skills being utilized. We must sort and allot food which puts your math skills to the test. I highly recommend this volunteering activity because of its simplicity paired with consistency.
by Irene T. from Canoga Park, CA
This organization truly connects abundance with need in a fruitful, active, healthy, and ever-growing way. By picking the excess fruits for food banks, you get good exercise, the ability to see the local hidden treasures: the hard work the generous donors put into growing beautiful orchards, the smell, color, and weight of food that no longer be wasted and will instead provide healthy food for the community. Bring water – and drink it! Also bring protective wear: sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, jeans, outdoor sneakers, garden gloves, maybe an apron/towel. Small harvesting shears are very useful and I’ll probably bring a small non-slip 1 ft step stool next time. Also, bring GPS/cell for further locations and use the restroom somewhere on the way if you can. I love that this organization progresses with and ahead of the times and makes it easy to sign-up for an event via online form and corresponds via email. Bring the email with you in case you get lost & need to call the pick leader.