We have much to be proud of in 2011. Our first Food Forward Branch, located in beautiful Ventura County, became official. Like us on Facebook- Food Forward Ventura County!
Every month we picked and transported citrus to our local food pantries in and around Ventura County totaling nearly 50,000 lbs! The number of recipient agencies grew as did our wonderful volunteer base. Property owners throughout our county stepped forward and graciously allowed us to pick their trees clean! We’ve partnered with and picked oranges at the International Paper site in Camarillo and Toll Brothers in Moorpark. Their employees rallied and contributed to our hugely successful picks. With Bob and Ryan and 2 pick up trucks, what began as literally a grassroots effort, volunteers now look forward to picking citrus with us in Ventura County every month.
Culminating the year, I was honored and humbled to be selected as Food Forward’s “Super Volunteer” being nominated and then winning the prestigious HALO Award presented by the Deutsch Foundation. Food Forward is the youngest organization to win this award and share this recognition with 4 other winners including Habitat for Humanity.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Food Forward last year.
2012 carries great promise and expectation for FF VC. Our goal is to double our picks and bring even more nutritional food to our county’s most vulnerable.
Start your new years off with a resolution you can keep: become a pick leader or property scout! It’s easy, fun and very gratifying.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved in Ventura County.
All the best to you and I hope I see you up a tree this year!
Ventura County Coordinator