Pounds Rescued*
Food Forward staff and volunteers rescue over 375,000 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.

Produce of the Month: Alliums!

2.16.19—This month we are highlighting a category of plants that are often overlooked. They’re not that fancy or exciting—despite...

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2.16.19—This month we are highlighting a...

Making a big impact in a short time

Stephanie joined the Backyard Harvest team in the summer of 2018 and in that short amount of time she...

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Stephanie joined the Backyard Harvest team...

2018 Good Food News Roundup

2018 was a big year for Food Forward and a big year in the world of food equity and...

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2018 was a big year for...

Food Waste, by the Numbers

In 2012, the NRDC released a report titled “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 percent of Its...

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In 2012, the NRDC released a...

Serving her Community On & Off the Clock

This November, we would like to shine the spotlight on Suki Sir, one of our amazing Glean Team Leaders...

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This November, we would like to...

‘Tequio’: Community Building with MICOP

11.20.18 — ‘Tequio’ in Mixtec culture is defined as community obligation, or a spirit of working together to assist...

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11.20.18 — ‘Tequio’ in Mixtec culture...




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.