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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…

3rd Volunteer Meet N’ Greet

Hello Food Forward Volunteers & Supporters!

Food Forward is now one year 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 second Volunteer Meet n’ Greet at the SOVA Food Pantry, one of our receiving partner pantries, on Thursday, February 4, 2010. They are located at 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91406

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 coming up 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.

Please RSVP to this email or call the FF hotline: 818-530-4125 and feel free to bring a friend or two. We look forward to seeing you at SOVA!

Sincerely, The Food Forward Team

WHAT: Food Forward’s 3rd Volunteer Meet N’ Greet

WHEN: Thursday February 4TH, 2010 @ 7PM-8:30PM

WHO: For New, Current or Interested Volunteers

WHERE: SOVA 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91406.

HOW: RSVP to carl@foodforward.org or 818-530-4125

100000 lbs…its official

Having never had the chance to lead a group – let alone one with the energy, creativity and great spirit of Food Forward, today was humbling indeed.

As massive clouds gathered, the biggest storm system in a year on its way through LA, I awoke knowing we had a small window to get through our last picks of the final weekend of our first fiscal fruit year.  Saturday produced a fruit tear like none we had ever attempted with Erica, Carl, Marie and volunteers old and new, plus Frank from MEND, helping them pick their way through over a half dozen properties – with every single piece of fruit going to someone in need.  All setting the stage for today to take us to the very satisfying round 100,000 lb mark. Yes, dedication…and a wee bit of insanity mixed in for good measure.

It was a year ago today that myself and a lone volunteer, Karin, who had responded to an ad on Craigslist, gleaned 85 lbs of tangerines off my pal Heather’s tree in damp cold – with little idea of even how to pick the fruit, let alone how to pack it.  Today, over a dozen and a half of our core  team, new pick leaders in training, family and spouses returned to Heather’s backyard and the tree where it all began, to complete the harvesting and delivery of our fiftieth ton of fresh free fruit for the hungry of Southern CA.  Inspiring indeed.

I feel so lucky to be able to have led this amazing clan, and with them build a brand new non-profit from 2 volunteers to over 900 – in the worst economy since the great depression – all on a miniscule budget of money but an amazing surplus of human spirit.  Nearly a hundred picks under our belts – the volume, support and good will we have experienced is truly humbling…and now leads us to year two.

Big properties, new volunteers and pantry partners are all there. As we go through some (but hopefully not too drastic) growing pains and enter year two, I know I speak for Erica, Marie and Carl when I say  “THANKS!!” to all – SOVA, MEND, our funders, volunteers, fruitanthropists, our families… for helping Food Forward truly become the community grassroots organization it now is –

Time to toast – once or twice…

Bravo Crew :))

First Pick of 2010!

Our first pick of 2010 brings in 2,164 lbs of fresh fruit 4 LA’s hungry! FF volunteers harvested avocadoes, valencia oranges, lemons, tangelos, navel oranges and grapefruits in Tarzana, N. Hollywood and Pasadena – all donated to SOVA/JFS…

A big thanks to all the volunteers who came out and a very special thanks to all 3 homeowners: Nina, Dave & Julian,  Marjorie and Packard for welcoming us at their homes and helping us make Food Forward’s first pick of the new year such a success!

Golden Grapefruits in 90210!

A small pick last Friday (with our expert tree climber Emily 🙂 in Beverly Hills yields 65lbs of fresh grapefruits just delivered to JFS/SOVA Metro to help feed LA’s hungry! The tree is loaded with new fruit and we look forward to going back in a few months…

Our mini-big pick next Sunday 11/8 in Granada Hills is  now full but we still have spots available for our 1st midweek daytime pick on Weds 11/11 @ Noon in Northridge… RSVP to carl@foodforward.org

Food Forward needs properties with fruit trees! If you know somebody who wants to donate their excess fruit please have them sign-up on the website or contact Erica at erica@foodforward.org

Thanks again for all your support and we look forward to seeing you on a pick soon!

It’s raining tomatoes!

We were invited back this morning to harvest more of  the tomato crop at Pierce College  in Woodland Hills – with 100% going to SOVA and will be back for more later in the week (Tuesday and Saturday – weather permitting) – It’ll be a muddy and fun time – so if you missed out on other October picks and can join us for a few hours, please email info@foodforward.org to hold a spot!

Update: SOVA picked up 14 crates totaling 416 pounds of tomatoes from the Monday am harvest. Great work team!

Juicy Grapefruits and Limes in North Hills

A BIG thanks to the two families who came out this morning to N. Hills to volunteer with us and help pick 484 lbs of fresh juicy grapefruits and limes just given to SOVA to help feed LA’s hungry! Great work Maya, Steven, Ethan, Eli, Mike, Justin and Zachary!