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.

All in this together

June’s Volunteer of the Month is Ventura’s own David Lawless! David is not only a Community Ambassador who helps...

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Reducing food waste ranked as #3 solution to climate change

Food waste piles up on a farm, a more common cause of wasted food in low-income nations. Source: Flickr...

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Spreading kindness through food

Introducing our Volunteer of the Month for May, Hank Brehman! Hank has been volunteering with Food Forward since 2014,...

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Agency Spotlight: Friends of Fieldworkers

Fieldworkers pick strawberries in Oxnard, California. Photo credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images Food Forward works like a bridge, connecting fresh produce...

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Simple tips to reduce your food waste

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

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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.