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.
We are a volunteer-powered, grassroots group of Southern Californians who are passionate about reconnecting to our food system, promoting issues of food justice, and making change around hunger in our community.
We convene at private properties, public spaces, and farmers and wholesale markets to recover excess fruits and vegetables, donating 100% to local direct-service agencies who feed our community’s most vulnerable. Combined, our diverse distribution partners provide food to over 100,000 clients a month across Southern California.
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.