Dear Fruit Loops,

We are smack in the middle of our CLIMB HIGHER WITH FOOD FORWARD Campaign and need your help to do just that – CLIMB HIGHER!

For those of you who have already donated, we can’t thank you enough! For those of you haven’t yet donated, this is just a reminder. The Plum Foundation has very generously re-upped with us from last year with an even larger match grant of $7500 – which means every dollar WE RECEIVE between Dec 1 and 31st will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $7500) – and thus $7500 can magically turn into a $15,000 bounty – but only with YOUR HELP.

This is the ONE time of year we come to our volunteers and close fruity friends – online and WITHOUT a paper trail – for a LEG UP. Please take a look at some zesty highlights of our AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS for this year – then please consider a generous year-end 100% tax deductible donation.

  • Founder, Rick Nahmias presented Food Forward at the TEDx Conference at USC (April)
  • CAN IT! – Food Preserving Workshop sells out and has its first class series in partnership with The Farmers Kitchen, Hollywood
  • FF Ventura County/Moorpark, our first branch officially opened (June) and harvests over 60,000 lbs by year’s end
  • We held The Biggest Pick at CSUN, involving the largest number of volunteers to date (300+) and harvesting 18,000+ LBS to share between 3 pantries (September)
  • Our receiving agencies exceed two dozen – and we become the BIGGEST donor of fruit at SOVA (a program of Jewish Family Services) where Food Forward made its very first donation less than 3 years ago.
  • The tally of produce harvested/rescued by our organization surpasses 625,000 lbs – or 2.5+ MILLION SERVINGS!– helping touch the lives of over 400,000 recipients in 2011 alone! (November)

As this link [https://foodforward.org/climb-higher-food-forward/] explains – when you donate to the CLIMB HIGHER CAMPAIGN at levels of $250 and above you will have your name emblemized on our Stokes ladders – just one of the many tools these badly needed funds will go toward buying to help us CLIMB HIGHER.

  • For a $100 donation or above you will receive a pair of our nifty Food Forward gloves.
  • For a $250 donation you will have your (or your family’s) name emblemized along with others on a rung of one of our ladders + a pair of FF gloves.
  • For a $500 donation you will have your name emblemized on an exclusive rung of a ladder + a pair of FF gloves.
  • For a $1,000 donation you will receive your name on a top rung + two pairs of FF gloves.
  • For a $2,500 donation you will have an exclusive naming opportunity of an entire ladder with up to five names of your choice to be placed on any of the rungs + five pairs of FF gloves.
  • For a $15,000 donation you will be buying us another badly needed tool: a stake side truck (enabling us to haul upward of 5,000 lbs of fruit at any given time.) For this bountiful gesture your name will be emblemized on the cab of this fine vehicle – and you will help us choose the vanity plate!

Donations can be made via PayPal or check (send to Food Forward 7412 Fulton Ave. #3 North Hollywood, CA 91605) with a notation of your glove size and how you would like your name to read.

Please invest (or re-invest) in the important work Food Forward is cultivating by Harvesting Food, Fighting Hunger, and Building Community and we PROMISE to not bother you or to ask you to come down from the trees for another 11 months!

Thank You and have a great rest of ’11 and healthy juicy ’12!

The Food Forward Team.


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