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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

Purchase tickets http://www.eventbrite.com/event/780764287?ref=elink

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!!!

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)

The start of Summer Citrusmania!

Over the weekend, Food Forward volunteers harvested over 3,000lbs of mixed citrus in Northridge and Granada Hills all to feed the hungry! The energy and committment of our volunteers and leadership never cease to amaze and we truly appreciate everyone coming out to help with the start of summer fruit rescue, especially those who drove up to help from San Ramon and Long Beach…

A few spots still available for a pick this Weds 6/16 in Northridge – email marie@foodforward.org for details.

Look forward to seeing you all in a tree soon!

Congrats to CNN Hero Gary at AmpleHarvest.org!

A BIG Congratulations to CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer at AmpleHarvest.org! Gary is a big supporter/fan of Food Forward and we sincerely appreciate your support and friendship! http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2010/05/20/cnnheroes.oppenheimer.profile.cnn

AmpleHarvest.org enables your neighbors in need to get garden fresh produce that might otherwise be wasted.