Pounds Rescued*
Food Forward staff and volunteers rescue over 500,000 pounds of surplus produce each week from fruit trees, farmers markets and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% of these fresh fruits and vegetables are donated to over 1,800 hunger relief agencies across 8 counties in Southern California.
* Despite our best efforts, a small percentage of Food Forward’s recovered produce is inedible.

Helping make the world go round

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Mary MacVean! Mary is a regular at our Produce Pick-Up in Watts, in...

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Meet our Volunteer of the Month,...

Keeping Ventura County nourished during COVID-19

COVID-19 has created new challenges for our partners, who are seeing more folks seeking food assistance than ever before....

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COVID-19 has created new challenges for...

We’re B-A-N-A-N-A-S for this fruit! 

It’s yellow, long, and sweet. We eat it raw, blend it, and bake it. Commonplace and yet so versatile,...

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It’s yellow, long, and sweet. We...

How has COVID-19 impacted food waste?

So many aspects of our economy have changed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis—including our food system. As...

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So many aspects of our economy...

Agency/Partner Spotlight: Alma Backyard Farms & Anti-Recidivism Coalition

A native pollinator garden and bright sign welcome you to Alma Backyard Farms, January 2020. There are some partnerships...

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A native pollinator garden and bright...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates from Food Forward

A COVID-19 Update from Food Forward Updated: April 10, 2020   Food Forward is committed to promoting the health...

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A COVID-19 Update from Food Forward...




Imperial San Diego Riverside Orange San Bernardino Los Angeles Ventura Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara - 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger in Santa Barbara County
(Feeding America)
Imperial - 28% of residents and 44% of children in Imperial Valley are food insecure
(Imperial Valley Food Bank)
San Diego - 136,000 children in San Diego County are facing food insecurity
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Riverside - In Riverside County, 24% of children are living in poverty.
(California Food Policy Advocates)
San Bernardino - 1 in 5 people live in poverty in San Bernardino County
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Los Angeles - Los Angeles County has the largest estimated population of food insecure people in the U.S. - 1.5 million
(Feeding America)
Ventura - 16% of children in Ventura County are living in poverty
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Orange - Nearly 400,000 residents struggle to get their food needs met on a regular basis
(OC Food Access Coalition)


Who Receives Our Produce?
We donate recovered produce to over 1,800 agencies across 8 counties in Southern California.
Read more about the agencies we serve.