Mid Month Squeeze!

Howdy Loops –

It may not come as a surprise to our faithful Fruitanthropists that there’s just soooooooo much juice flowing through Fruitland! With this overflow, we’ve decided to split Fresh Juice into two servings so the pulp stays fresh and zesty all the way through month’s end.  Don’t thank us – thank Mother Nature, who couldn’t be happier that you can remain appropriately citrified and stay up to date on all the produce recovery fit for print!

Food Forward & LA WineFest

ATTENTION Food Forward supporters and WINE LOVERS… We are very excited to be the beneficiary organization of the 8th Annual LA WineFest on June 8-9th at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. What better way to spend a weekend than sampling over 500 fine wines, microbrews and spirits, watching celebrity chef demonstrations and listening to live music on the festival stage?  As a special treat, our fruity followers can buy discounted tickets for $55 ($30 off the current price)!  Enter promo code FoodForward (CODE: FOODFORWARD) to unlock your specially priced ticket. The best news… A very hefty portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold benefits Food Forward. Grab your friends and your sunblock and enjoy a weekend of food, wine and fun!

Volunteering at LA WineFest – Interested in attending the WineFest but are a little tight on cash?  Represent Food Forward as a volunteer and enjoy the remainder of the Festival for free! Email Erica ericag@foodforward.org for more details.

Employer Grants & Matching: Did you know that MANY employers, companies, corporations, and foundations offer matching or employee-sponsored grants?  These programs usually take little work on your part but can mean a WHOLE LOT to groups like Food Forward. Whether you work in a realty office, a movie studio, a dot com firm, healthcare company, food company…please check with your employer about what community giving program they have set up, then drop an email to ericag@foodforward.org so we can see if they might be a fit for helping fund our adventures in Fruitland!

Our very own Mary Baldwin will serve us proud on the “Gleaning & Foraging” Panel moderated by none-other-than FF Advisor, Sarah Spitz, this Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Santa Monica Public Library 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Please join us to hear Mary and some of SoCAL’s preeminent anti-hunger and gleaning advocates.

BIG NEWS IN VENTURA COUNTY! We’re excited to announce that we now have a Food Forward Board of Advisors for Ventura County. Our inaugural member include, Lucky Lynch and Jason Hendrick. Lucky will be helping develop and grow our county-wide volunteer base from a faith based perspective, while Jason is our media go-to guy and Foodsteader tour expert. The goal of the Advisory Board is to develop sustainable growth through County partnerships, funding opportunities and outreach. Welcome Lucky and Jason!­­

More opportunities to make an impact…We will be holding a PICK LEADER TRAINING at FruitQuarters on Saturday, May 25th from 11am-2pm…. If you ever wanted to know how little effort it takes to be a true changemaker here in Fruitland, come and join us for a few hours to get more involved in making an impact here in Los Angeles, we encourage you to come! To RSVP, please emailMax@foodforward.org.

Lastly, we are still on the lookout for volunteers who live for that human contact with the public.  This opportunity is for new and old volunteers alike! We just need animated and engaging individuals to help spread the word about the fruitastic work we do here in Southern California. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please email volunteer@foodforward.org with the Subject Line: Tabling Volunteer and we’ll send you all the details on how to get involved.

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