Many of us have fruit trees and use or distribute only a small portion of the fruit to our friends and families. Here’s an idea that will help you and many others at the same time:
Food Forward is a 501.c.3 volunteer powered grassroots group of Angelenos who care about reconnecting to our food system and making change around urban hunger and food waste. Food Forward volunteers convene at private properties they have been invited to and glean the excess fruit on their trees, donating 100% of it to local food pantries.
In just 3.5 years, this amazing group of volunteers, headed by a tiny staff of five, have harvested over 1,000,000 lbs (over 4 million servings) of fresh local produce all going to over 30 agencies across Southern California to help those in need.
Food Forward supplies the volunteers, equipment and coordination to pull off picks both large and small, creating an atmosphere of community that encourages its volunteers to reconnect and pass along the abundance of food already present in our daily lives. Food Forward is fully insured and all property owners receive a tax deduction for every pound harvested.
We encourage you to volunteer your property to be gleaned or to volunteer to be part of a pick. Call them at 818-530-4125 or visit their website: http://foodforward.org for more information.
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