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New Fruits and lots of juice!

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!

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Easter Sunday Fruit Hunt!

Our Easter Sunday fruit hunt in Chatsworth brings in 175lbs of tangerines & tangelos! A wonderful start to spring and a month full of fruit harvests to help feed the hungry…

A weekend of Volunteer Outreach & Harvesting!

Last Saturday, the FF gals represented Food Forward at the City-Labs community service fair in downtown LA and got a chance to meet new, inspired angelenos who are interested in community service/volunteering and were very excited to learn about the work that Food Forward is doing here in LA to build community, harvest food and fight hunger! A big thank thanks to @sonjarasula for inviting us 2 @citylabs and great meeting the team @Causecast @sustainablework @LAFarmGirl and @Cocoxochitl – We appreciate the excitement & support and look forward to seeing our new volunteers at the 3rd Volunteer Meet N’ Greet on 2/4 or on a fruit pick soon 🙂

On Sunday, it was back to fruit picking with Food Forward volunteers harvesting 439lbs of fresh juicy grapefruit from North Hills. Thanks for all your help!

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

Food Forward joins City-Labs!

Food Forward is very excited to join City Labs to answer the call for community service in this great city!

Please come support Food Forward and other amazing organizations here in LA all trying to strengthen the great non-profit community. With a huge rise in the need for services from non-profits, and a drastic drop in funding and donations, LA’s community organizations need our help…

Come to this fun one-day fair to browse, discover and connect with 50 local non-profits — organizations doing great things who need your support to maintain sustainability.

Imagine :: If a few thousand people each dedicate themselves to 3-5 non-profit groups (signing-up to volunteer, making donations, offering their skills, joining email lists), we’ll have created over 10,000 new volunteers and donations in just one afternoon!!!

Participating Organizations Include ::
Causecast
LA Guerrilla Gardening Heal the Bay
City Year LA
Greenpeace
LA County Bicycle Coalition
Starlight Childrens Foundation
Tree People
SPCA LA
Ciclavia
Food Forward

$5 suggested entrance donation = free drink ticket + raffle ticket!
Come early and win: The first 50 people through the doors get a notebook from Chronicle Books!

Food Forward will be at booth #5006 – we look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Date:
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Time:
11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:
California Market Center’s Penthouse
Street:
112 West 9th Street
City/Town:
Los Angeles, CA

www.city-labs.org

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 :))

Winter fruit harvesting in Sunny LA!

Sunday’s fruit picks in Northridge and Valley Glen yield 781lbs of fresh navel oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines to help feed LA’s hungry! Thanks to all the volunteers who came out with great energy – it was a beautiful winter day for fruit harvesting 🙂

BIG PICK 3 @ CSUN’s Orange Grove is coming up on 1/31/10 – a few spots remain – RSVP carl@foodforward.org

Interested in leadership opportunities with Food Forward? We have a winter full of small & BIG picks and would love your help! Email info@foodforward.org to learn more….