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Food Forward Holds Our 1st Fundraiser – Saturday Oct 2nd!

Dear Food Forward Friends & Supporters,

We are very excited to announce the first fundraiser for our organization in the form of a book launch reception and signing of our founder Rick Nahmias’ brand new book “Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited,” a thought-provoking photo-documentary look at religion on the margins of California.

“‘Golden States of Grace’ brings together such depth and diversity of faith and humanity, that it is seems three-dimensional. It is hard to think of another body of work which looks so compassionately at the faces and voices of disinherited peoples while asking us to think deeply about and how we own or disown those on the margins. It is a book for anyone who has ever felt left out, pushed out, or just wondered what it feels like to be on the outside – that is, a book for all of us.” -Sister Helen Prejean, Author “Dead Man Walking”

Through a generous arrangement with the publisher, University of New Mexico Press, Food Forward will receive a full 50% from the sale of EVERY PAPERBACK copy sold at this event only.

Date: Saturday October 2, 2010
Time: 4:30-7pm
Where: UCLA’s Religious Conference
900 Hilgard Avenue, 1st Floor
Westwood, CA 90024

 Please see the attached PDF for details of the event, and please feel free to share it with your friends, family & congregations.

Though this is an event open to all, and there is no fee, an RSVP is required to attend, in the form of a call to our fruitline at 818-530-4125 or to this email  or

We hope you will join us – and pass word (and the attached PDF) along about this event – a great way to support Food Forward and get an early look, and a signed copy, of an exciting and truly unique new book!

We hope to see you there,
The Food Forward Team

 Food Forward Golden States of Grace Launch

Fruit Harvesting and Foodie Event weekend!

 Last Saturday was an amazing day in the fruitworld! We started the day with a great group of volunteers harvesting 400lbs of valencia oranges in Northridge and then participated in LA’s first Food Rendezvous in Venice, CA! It was great to see some of our friends from the Garden School Foundation, Community Services Unl…imited, Slow Food LA, LA Farm Girl and sample all of the incredible food made by local artisans. Our candied lemons peels and 2nd vintage preserved lemons were a big hit and we look forward to participating in this event again. A big thanks again to Laurie & Dominique for inviting us!

Launch of LA’s first Food Rendezvous!

Food Forward is excited to participate in LA’s first Food Rendezvous – this coming Saturday 8/28 from 4-10pm in Venice.  It’s a gathering for Local Food Lovers and we will have our 2nd vintage of Preserved Meyer Lemons and our Candied Lemon Peels on sale! Come join the fun and meet other local food lovers!
At Sparc in the historic 1920s “old Venice jail house”… and its adjoining parking lots
685 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

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Team Moorpark baggin grapefruits…

Last Saturday, Ryan lead an amazing team of Moorpark High School volunteers who helped bag over 8,300lbs of juicy grapefruits in just 2 hours at Burney’s Ranch which was then shared between Catholic Charities of Moorpark & MEND Poverty in Pacoima! A huge thanks to all the volunteers who came out and to our incredibly generous & gracious host Mr. Burney… Go Team Moorpark!!!

Citrus and Turtles in Woodland Hills

Last night, Food Forward loops harvested 263lbs of grapefruit, oranges & apples from a home in Woodland Hills – our very first with turtles, who seem to enjoy the fruit as much as we do 🙂

Summer Fruit Harvesting in Full Swing

July has been a busy month for our volunteer fruit loops as we are in the middle of the peak summer fruit season (valencia oranges, peaches, plums, etc.) with the calls from homeowners not wanting to see their fruit go to waste increasing!

In the last 2 weeks, we have harvested thousands of pounds of fresh fruit from homes in Hancock Park, Winnetka, Granada Hills and Studio City.

Quick Reminder:  Our 4th Volunteer Meet n’ Greet is this coming Tuesday 7-27-10 at MEND Poverty.

Food Forward is now 18 months old! We have achieved many amazing accomplishments that we would love to share with you. To get a chance to catch up, meet you all, introduce you to some of the work we are doing, and ways you can be involved with us, we are holding our fourth Volunteer Meet n’ Greet at MEND Poverty, one of our receiving partner pantries, this coming Tuesday, July 27, 2010.  

MEND is located at 10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima, CA 91331

We’ll start off promptly at 7pm with a short tour of this amazing facility dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in the community through food distribution and offering a wide range of supportive services and then give you the lowdown on Food Forward, what we are up to, what is happening in our second year of operation. We will talk about volunteer needs we have currently, get your ideas and answer any questions about how we work and how your energy can be added to our work feeding LA’s hungry.


Stay tuned for our upcoming Fresh Juice which will be loaded with juicy harvests & events coming up in August!

Hope to see you all in a tree very soon…

“Social Action Shabbat” at Friday Night Live

Food Forward is excited to be participating in “Social Action Shabbat” at Friday Night Live, sponsored by ATID of Sinai Temple on July 9th at 7:30pm. For those who don’t know, FNL is a musical service filled with great spirit and soul. Led by Rabbi David Wolpe, Craig Taubman, and the FNL band, this service regularly attracts 800-1000 people every month and has been emulated across the country. Food Forward will be one of the many organizations to have an information table to promote the good work we do. We would love to have as many of you join us at the service as we want to celebrate your contribution as we celebrate Shabbat. Following the service there will be a Kiddush for the entire congregation and a private after-party in the ATID LOUNGE for young professionals ages 21-39 to mix and mingle over a lite buffet and lemon drop martinis (IDs required).

We thank you in advance for helping us to promote this event and the work we do to your friends and colleagues.

See you at Sinai! (10400 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90024 at Beverly Glen)