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January’s Fresh Juice!

Dear Fruit World,

We are pleased to present the first edition of Fresh Juice for 2011. This month will see us closing out our second year (Jan. 17th is our actual anniversary in case you were wanting to know which day to send the roses).

We have AMAZING picks scheduled throughout the month and welcome groups, couples, singles, families, and Fruit Loops of all varieties to sign up and get picking with us. Valley Glen, Simi or points north…It’s all here.

If you are predisposed to take a drive over MLK weekend, please join us for one or both days of FRUITSTOCK 2011 – when we pick delicious Mandarins at two Santa Barbara locations on January 15th and 16th, and gather for a potluck dinner after the pick on the 15th. (If you were with us for Mandarin Madness last year, you know this is something not to miss.)

Though we love rain, and know it’s part of our cosmic cycle, PRAY for sunny weekends and join us as we head towards our second birthday and 300,000th pound!

HARVEST FOOD * FIGHT HUNGER * BUILD COMMUNITY

Please visit www.foodforward.org/events to view and register for our events.

 

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Fruitful Sunday Pick!

A big thanks to Sunday’s volunteers for harvesting 291 lbs of juicy Valencia oranges – 100% going to LA’s hungry this week!

September Picks Still Open!!

Hello Food Forward Volunteers!

 

As some of you may know, THIS Saturday we are picking Valencia oranges on a huge, lush estate in Montecito (near Oprah’s estate) from 9AM-3PM, with a light lunch provided by the Food Forward crew in the middle of the day.

 

We’ve had a decent turn-out so far, but could still use at least another 30 volunteers! The drive to Montecito from Sherman Oaks is a short 75 minutes along PCH, so if you’re interested in meeting at a central location in the Valley and carpooling with someone, please e-mail marie@foodforward.org. If you’d like to attend this fantastic volunteer event, please RSVP to marie@foodforward.org with the following information:

  1. Date of pick requested
  2. Total Number of spots requested and name(s) of pickers (please include ages of children if they are under 18)
  3. E-mail address
  4. Cell phone # you can be reached at on the day of the pick.

Other events that could use an extra hand or two…

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Chatsworth

Details:            Come join the FF crew at a HUGE property in Chatsworth! We need lots of volunteers, so please RSVP with a friend!

 

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            To follow.

 

9-19-10 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Granada Hills

Details:            Come join FF as we harvest 5 Valencia orange trees in Granada Hills.

 

We hope to see you all in a tree soon!

Sincerely,

The Food Forward Team

818-554-8696 (Carl’s cell)

http://foodforward.org

Twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

818-530-4125

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Hello Food Forward Volunteers!

 

We are looking forward to September kicking off our juice-filled fall and are excited to announce this month’s Fresh Juice announcing September’s picks and events. We hope that you all can make it to one! Below are the calendared events:

 

Please RSVP via this e-mail with the following information to reserve your spot(s):

 

  1. Date of pick requested  
  2. Total Number of spots requested and name(s) of pickers (please include ages of children if they are under 18)  
  3. E-mail address  
  4. Cell phone # you can be reached at on the day of the pick.  

 

Please note: the exact address of the pick will be given out only to confirmed pickers 48-72 hours prior to the pick.

 

9-11-2010 – Saturday

Event:             BIG Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:00 AM

End Time:       3:00 PM

Where:            Montecito

Details:            Come join team Food Forward for a fun day of picking as we partner up with Backyard Bounty and the Santa Barbara Food Bank for the second year in a row at a lush private estate in Montecito just 75 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley! The FF team will bring a light lunch for all of those who join!

 

9-14-10 – Tuesday

Event:              Citrus Sunset Pick  

Start Time:      6:00 PM

End Time:       7:30 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            Join the FF crew for a fun, relaxing sunset pick!

 

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Chatsworth

Details:            Come join the FF crew at a HUGE property in Chatsworth! We need lots of volunteers, so please RSVP with a friend!

 

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            To follow.

 

9-19-10 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Granada Hills

Details:            Come join FF as we harvest 5 Valencia orange trees in Granada Hills.  

 

9-26-10 – Sunday

Event:              Abbot Kinney Festival

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       6:00 PM

Where:            Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Venice Blvd., Venice, CA

Details:            Stop by and visit the FF team while they table at the Abbot Kinney Festival. For more details please visit www.abbotkinney.org

 

 

 

Please respect the time commitment you make:

Volunteer participation is crucial to the success of our organization. When volunteers do not show up, not only does it prevent somebody who wants to volunteer from doing so, it ultimately diminishes the amount of fruit that is harvested for the hungry. If for any reason you are not able to attend the pick that you signed up for, please contact the pick leader or Marie at marie@foodforward.org or Carl at 818-554-8696.  The experience of your participation is very important to us. Please give us any ideas on how we may improve.

 

Great News!!!  Food Forward is now officially a non-profit 501(c)(3). Your monetary or equipment donations are greatly appreciated!

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at a pick very soon!

 

Sincerely,

 

The Food Forward Team

 

818-554-8696 (Carl’s cell)

http://foodforward.org

Twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

September’s Fresh Juice

Hello Food Forward Volunteers!

We are looking forward to September kicking off our juice-filled fall and are excited to announce this month’s Fresh Juice announcing September’s picks and events. We hope that you all can make it to one! Below are the calendared events:

Please RSVP to marie@foodforward.org with the following information to reserve your spot(s):

  1. Date of pick requested
  2. Total Number of spots requested and name(s) of pickers (please include ages of children if they are under 18)
  3. E-mail address
  4. Cell phone # you can be reached at on the day of the pick.

Please note: the exact address of the pick will be given out only to confirmed pickers 48-72 hours prior to the pick.

9-11-2010 – Saturday

Event:             BIG Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:00 AM

End Time:       3:00 PM

Where:            Montecito

Details:            Come join team Food Forward for a fun day of picking as we partner up with Backyard Bounty and the Santa Barbara Food Bank for the second year in a row at a lush private estate in Montecito just 75 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley! The FF team will bring a light lunch for all of those who join!

9-14-10 – Tuesday

Event:              Citrus Sunset Pick

Start Time:      6:00 PM

End Time:       7:30 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            Join the FF crew for a fun, relaxing sunset pick!

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Chatsworth

Details:            Come join the FF crew at a HUGE property in Chatsworth! We need lots of volunteers, so please RSVP with a friend!

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            To follow.

9-19-10 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Granada Hills

Details:            Come join FF as we harvest 5 Valencia orange trees in Granada Hills.

9-26-10 – Sunday

Event:              Abbot Kinney Festival

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       6:00 PM

Where:            Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Venice Blvd., Venice, CA

Details:            Stop by and visit the FF team while they table at the Abbot Kinney Festival. For more details please visit www.abbotkinney.org

Please respect the time commitment you make:

Volunteer participation is crucial to the success of our organization. When volunteers do not show up, not only does it prevent somebody who wants to volunteer from doing so, it ultimately diminishes the amount of fruit that is harvested for the hungry. If for any reason you are not able to attend the pick that you signed up for, please contact the pick leader or Marie at marie@foodforward.org or Carl at 818-554-8696.  The experience of your participation is very important to us. Please give us any ideas on how we may improve.

Great News!!!  Food Forward is now officially a non-profit 501(c)(3). Your monetary or equipment donations are greatly appreciated!

We look forward to seeing you at a pick very soon!

Sincerely,

The Food Forward Team

818-554-8696 (Carl’s cell)

http://foodforward.org

Twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Great Pick in Lake Balboa!

The Citrus Queen led another wonderful pick yesterday in Lake Balboa – a big thanks to our volunteers for helping pick 500 lbs of fresh lemons and oranges, 100% going to feed LA’s hungry this morning!

Moorpark Madness!

Hello Fellow Fruit Loops!

We were just given another opportunity to join Mr. Burney at his ranch in Moorpark this Sunday! This is a unique opportunity; instead of our volunteers picking Mr. Burney’s grapefruits, he hires professional pickers and asks that the Food Forward volunteers simply put the fruit into bags so that they can be donated to our local food pantries! See below for details:

When:                         Sunday, August 15th

Time:                           10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where:                        Burney’s Ranch, Moorpark, CA

Volunteers needed:     15-20

Details:                        Please e-mail marie@foodforward.org for final address and  information.

Please RSVP to marie@foodforward.org with the following information:

  1. Total Number of spots requested and name(s) of pickers (please include ages of children if they are under 18)
  2. E-mail address
  3. Cell phone # that you can be reached at the day of the pick.

We hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

The Food Forward Team

818-554-8696 (Carl’s cell)

http://foodforward.org

Twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

818-530-4125

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

2134 lbs of Fresh Valencia Oranges!!

A big thanks to Saturday’s enthusiastic volunteers! 2134 lbs of fresh Valencia oranges to LA’s hungry this week!