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Moor Fruit in Moorpark

Those of us in FF leadership were BOWLED OVER by the attendance and participation at yesterday’s pick in Moorpark – about 50 volunteers from local high schools, churches, food pantry groups + hardcore FF folk showed up to tackle an amazing hillside orchard – We finished in record time harvesting well over 100 crates of Valencias in about 2 hours – total weight to come .

The community involvement was something you all should be proud of  – the energy could not have been better and the commitment more pure.  Most of the fruit stayed local, going to the pantry at Catholic Charities in Moorpark, with some also going to SOVA – We greatly appreciate the help of all those involved setting this up including: Patricia, David, Martha, Ryan, Charles, Jim and all who came out  – We hope to see you up a tree before long!

Big Sunday – Bigger can be better

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Finally coming out of the aches, pains and citrus bliss of an incredible weekend…

We are proud to say the FF team grew by leaps and bounds this weekend, and they all should take a bow: whether it was Bari, Win and Byron holding down the forts as pick leaders in Reseda and North Hollywood or the folks like Wendy, Deborah, Robert, David, Judy , Martha, Charles, Emily, Luke, Rich and Elizabeth who helped coordinate the over two dozen properties we gleaned for Big Sunday weekend – or the over 100 volunteers who picked and picked – EVERYONE’S energy was amazing.

Riding up to SOVA Sunday to borrow their van (yes, FF STILL NEEDS A VAN!) I was once again enlightened to the diversity of who Food Forward  serves. There sitting on the bench waiting for the pantry to open were Latino couples, elderly white men and women, Black mothers with babies, middle-aged homeless individuals, South Asian immigrant families…basically a huge cross section of LA – a sobering reminder that any one of us could be on that bench should the fragile systems that hold our lives and families together fail.  That fact was driven home more as I arrived to our Northridge home based (courtesy of the Buratti family) to see volunteers arriving early – white, Latino, Asian, Black young, old…

Food Forward serves our community – and is made up of our community – a fact I am incredibly proud of.  And the fact we, as a massive team inspired by the Big Sunday events, harvested nearly 12,000 lbs of fresh fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, made it all the better.

We hope to post more pix soon but for now, here are a few.

Also, – BIG shout outs to Erica, Marie and Carl for AMAZING hand-eye-volunteer coordination and stamina which has been going on behind the scenes for weeks on end – and the SOVA and MEND for incredible ongoing onsite support 🙂

See you all up a tree soon!

Best Wishes to those in the Fruit World


Food Forward’s Fresh Juice – May 2010 Edition

Hello Food Forward Volunteers!

We are proud to announce this month’s Fresh Juice announcing May’s picks and events. Below are the calendared events:

Please RSVP via this email 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.

4-26-10 – Monday

Event: Hollywood Sunset Pick

Start Time:      5:30 PM

End Time:       7:00 PM

Where:            Hollywood

Details: Come join FF for a relaxing sunset pick this coming Monday!


5-1 and/or 5-2 – Big Sunday Weekend

Event: Big Sunday Citrus Picks

Start Time:      9:00 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            Various locations

Details: On May 1st & 2nd, Food Forward will participate in Big Sunday – the LARGEST volunteer event in all of Southern California – period. Come join the fun, make new friends and help us harvest fruit trees in neighborhoods across Los Angeles to feed the hungry!  Go to for further details and to sign up for a Food Forward project (# 146, 147, 148 for Saturday and # 346, 347, 348 for Sunday).

5-5-10 – Wednesday

Event: Juicy Pink Grapefruit’s

Start Time:      5:30 PM

End Time:       7:00 PM

Where:            Chatsworth

Details: Come join Food Forward on our first Cinco de Mayo pick and help harvest some juicy pink grapefruits! tree climbers welcome


5-8-2010 – Saturday

Event: Stamp out Hunger event support MEND Poverty

Times: 1-5 PM at the Encino, Tarzana or Sherman Oaks Post Office OR 3-9 PM at MEND Poverty in Pacoima.

Details: It’s the biggest one day food drive in the WORLD! Help us STAMP OUT HUNGER! We need hundreds of volunteers both onsite at MEND and at neighborhood post offices from1PM until 5PM offsite at post offices and 3PM until 9PM onsite at MEND! PLEASE COME LEND A HAND!

5-15-2010 – Saturday

Event: Moorpark Orange Pick

Start Time:      9:00 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            Moorpark

Details: Help us harvest 100+ trees with fruit going to Catholic Charities in Moorpark. Please only sign-up if you are up for a super-fun and challenging fruit pick on a hill!

5-22-2010 – Saturday

Event: Orange, Grapefruit & Lemon Pick
Start Time:      10:30 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            Northridge

Details: Come harvest a lemon, orange and grapefruit tree!

5-23-10 Sunday

Event: Grapefruit Pick

Start Time:      10:30 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            Sylmar

Details: Come harvest several grapefruit trees – tree climbers welcome!

Please note our no-show policy:

Volunteer participation is crucial to the success of our organization. Typically, there are standby lists for each pick. 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 or Carl at

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!


The Food Forward Team

twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

New Pick Added this Thursday, 4/22!

New pick added this Thursday, 4/22 @ 10:00 AM in North Hollywood! RSVP to marie@foodforward if you are free and want to join in on the fruity fun! THANKS!!

Great weekend/New Community

We had a great day leading our first pick in South LA as part of the S LA Earth Day Celebration – A group of spontaneous volunteers took charge of a local grapefruit tree and brought back over 500 lbs of fruit to share with the crowd attending the festival.  It was a great way to intro FF to the South LA community and we look forward to more picks in the area.

This productive pick was followed by a fine neighborhood pick in Valley Glen with a small but dedicated group or mostly new volunteers who harvested nearly 400lbs for SOVA from a very tall and challenging tree.

Thanks to all who picked, tabled and got involved this weekend.

Juicy Fruit Express – a Loooong but Successful Adventure

“Adventure” was probably the key word that can describe the FF crew’s day on Saturday when we ventured in a veggie oil-powered bus out to Bako to pick a hundred-plus tree property.  We’ll opt for the less-eco-friendly model next time  (15mph up the Grapevine grade was a wee bit too much even for us hardcore eco-folk) but the time spent getting to and from our location was rewarded with amazing weather, great trees and a spectacular mountain top lunch put together by our host Chris and Jody and their great family – And to keep it all in perspective, 3200 lbs of beautiful Valencia oranges were harvested by our crew – all staying local and 100% going to the Kern County Food Pantry. Thanks to everyone who picked with us.

We even made it on the local ABC affiliate :

Thanks to Dusty Stiles for contributing his photos and to Erica, Marie and Carl for pulling it all off!

Another Fruity Week

This week, FF loops harvested 222lbs of tangerines in the Melrose area,  161lbs of tangelos in Chatsworth and 75lbs of grapefruit, oranges and kumquats in the Larchmont area all donated to SOVA to help feed the hungry!

We are less than 24 hours away from boarding the Juicy Fruit Express – it’s going to be an amazing day of harvesting with the FF crew and new friends/volunteers from Bakersfield…