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.

The Growing Presence of Hunger on Campus

10.9.18 – The familiar trope of a college student eating ramen while pulling an all-nighter reveals a troubling truth – around...


10.9.18 – The familiar trope of a...

A Volunteer We Can Always Count On

Meet our Volunteer of the Month for September, Mike Yankauskas! Mike is a Pick Leader with our Backyard Harvest...


Meet our Volunteer of the Month...

Harvest Change with Smog City’s Laurie Porter

9.25.18 — As part of Food Forward’s 2nd Annual #HarvestChange initiative, Smog City created a Danny’s Cream Ale, brewed with fresh sweet corn....


9.25.18 — As part of Food Forward’s...

From Mar Vista to New Life Society

9.11.18 — In our newest Farm to Table blog post, intern Joyce Liu highlights New Life Society, an organization...


9.11.18 — In our newest Farm...

Continuing the Conversation About Food Deserts

8.21.18 — Join us in getting involved with the conversation about food deserts, the implications of using the term,...


8.21.18 — Join us in getting...

To Glean or Not to Glean? Why You Shouldn’t Let Bad Fruit Hang Around

8.14.18 — Joanna Glovinsky, founder of the Fruitstitute, a Los Angeles based fruit tree care and education service for backyard...


8.14.18 — Joanna Glovinsky, founder of the...

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 575 agencies across 8 counties in Southern California. Read more about the agencies we serve.

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