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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Look forward to seeing you all in a tree soon!
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Tagged citrus trees, community, excess fruit, food forward, fruit donation, fruit harvest, fruit picking, grapefruit, Northridge, valencia oranges, Volunteer Organization
Big Pick #7 results are in!! This morning at CSUN’s Orange Grove, just over 4500 lbs were harvested by FF volunteers, all going in to the hands of those in need in the coming days! A HUGE thank you to everyone who volunteered out in the heat today!
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Tagged BIG PICK, citrus trees, CSUN Orange Grove, food forward, fruit harvest, fruit picking, fruit trees, Northridge, valencia oranges, Volunteer Organization
The last few weeks, our fruit loops have been busy harvesting fruit, fruit and more fruit all over Los Angeles to help feed the hungry and June is off to a great start!
Just before Memorial Day, we had a huge harvesting weekend in Northridge & Sylmar which brought in over 2,000lbs of grapefruit, oranges & lemons… The fruit loops were off for the long holiday weekend and then back in Sherman Oaks this past week for more grapefruits.
Today was Day 1 of our juicy fruit weekend bonanza with JF & CQ harvesting our very first blood oranges (Sylmar) and apples (Reseda), and more lemons & grapefruits bringing in a total of 526lbs going today to MEND!
Just a little warm up for the BIG PICK #7 tomorrow at CSUN!
A BIG thanks to all the volunteers who join us on our weekly picks and support us in so many ways and we look forward to seeing you all in a tree soon!
Tagged Apples, Blood Oranges, citrus trees, excess fruit, food forward, fruit harvest, fruit picking, fruit trees, Granada Hills, grapefruit, lemons, Northridge, Reseda, Sylmar, urban gleaning, urban hunger, valencia oranges, Volunteer Organization
A huge thank you to an amazing group of Food Forward volunteers who came out on Saturday to the Sherman Oaks post office and to MEND Poverty to help support the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive! We helped sort, box & load over 10,000lbs of food brought in by the Sherman Oaks mail carriers and are still waiting for the final… total of food donated to MEND in just one day (definitely over 100,000lbs)… A big thanks to Sonia at the Sherman Oaks Post Office and to Rich, Luke and the entire MEND team for letting us be a part of an amazing day!
“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 : http://www.turnto23.com/news/23120221/detail.html
Thanks to Dusty Stiles for contributing his photos and to Erica, Marie and Carl for pulling it all off!
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Tagged BIG PICK, citrus trees, community, Community Action Partnership of Kern, excess fruit, food forward, fruit donation, fruit harvest, fruit picking, Juicy Fruit Express, urban hunger, valencia oranges, Volunteer Organization
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…
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Tagged chatsworth, excess fruit, food forward, fruit donation, fruit picking, grapefruit, kumquats, larchmont, melrose, SOVA, tangelos, tangerines, valencia oranges, Volunteer Organization
If you live in LA and have healthy fruit trees (or in a neighborhood that does), please get in touch with us as Food Forward will participate in Big Sunday on May 1st and 2nd – the LARGEST volunteer event in all of Southern California.
We will be harvesting fruit trees in neighborhoods across LA, so we invite you, your friends, family and/or neighbors to take part in this incredible event by being a FRUIT DONOR.
What does it entail? You just sit there while a few of our (fully insured) volunteers do all the work of picking, schlepping and hauling – Sure you might offer us some lemonade or an off color joke to keep our spirits up, but honestly all you need to do is agree to take part and you will received a TAX DONATION RECEIPT for EVERY POUND WE HARVEST. Quite the deal, we know, so don’t tell too many people…better yet, tell everyone including your neighbors!
More importantly, please call us at 818-530-4125 or email Erica our Harvesting/Property Coordinator at email@example.com – to let us know you are on-board – and while you are at it, check out the great work we do and numerous press stories on us at our website: FOODFORWARD.ORG.
You will be proud to be part of our growing family of FRUITANTHROPISTS – now over 150 strong and growing weekly!
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Tagged BIG SUNDAY, Burbank, Canoga Park, chatsworth, citrus trees, community, encino, excess fruit, food forward, fruit donation, fruit donor, fruit harvest, fruit picking, fruit trees, Glendale, Granada Hills, healthy fruit trees, north hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pasadena, Studio City, tarzana, urban hunger, Van Nuys, Volunteer Organization, Woodland Hills