Pounds Rescued*
Food Forward staff and volunteers rescue over 435,000 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.

Diving into her passions for food waste & food security

Our Volunteer of the Month for April is Eileen Heinrich, who has been volunteering with us since the beginning!...

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Thank you, volunteers!

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, so we’re sharing the reasons we love our volunteers! “Volunteers aren’t just the backbone of...

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It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, so we’re...

We need YOU! Join us by getting outside and picking fruit!

What do we need you for? It’s citrus season here in Southern California, which means there are fruit on...

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Making a difference starts at home

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Christina Alvarez-Novoa! Christina is our intern for the Ventura County branch, and has...

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Accelerating food access with AHA Teaching Gardens

Food Forward works with many amazing organizations working to fight food insecurity in our communities. We’d like to highlight...

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Food Forward works with many amazing...

9 Organizations fighting for Food Justice in Southern California

Here in Southern California, Food Forward is lucky to be one of many organizations who are working towards a...

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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.