Can you help us get fresh fruit to those in need?
You may know that Food Forward harvests fruit from all over Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. One of the most abundant regions we work in is the San Fernando Valley where we harvest tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce to donate to the agencies we serve in the area.
We recently received unfortunate news from the California Department of Food & Agriculture that will prevent us from harvesting any fruit from a very large part of the east San Fernando Valley due to a quarantine zone in effect for the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, a pest that can potentially have significant consequence on California agriculture.
While we are fully complying with the quarantine, we are obviously concerned about our inability to connect generous homeowners with fruit trees to hunger-relief agencies that rely on this fresh produce. In order to minimize the impact this quarantine could have on our partner agencies, which is currently estimated at nearly 100,000 pounds of fresh produce lost, we are reaching out to you to help spread the word!
How can you help?
Please consider sharing your experience with Food Forward to encourage homeowners outside of the quarantine area to donate their fruit too!
Sharing our work is as easy as a post on social media, NextDoor.com, or in your local community or homeowner association newsletter. Here are sample texts to use, but feel free to share your own story about why you are involved with Food Forward!
If you are a homeowner who wants to donate, please click here to register your fruit tree!
Please note: if you live within the quarantine zone and have fruit trees, your fruit is safe to eat. Fruit cannot be transported off-site in order to minimize the risk of spreading the fruit fly.
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Do you have fruit trees? If you can’t eat all of the fruit that your tree produces, Food Forward can help! They will pick the extra fruit from your trees and make sure it is donated to a hunger-relief agency in our community.
Food Forward staff coordinates with a homeowner’s schedule and sends volunteers out to pick the fruit. They are fully insured, provide all equipment, and supply a tax-deductible receipt for the donation but, most importantly, donate every piece of fruit to people in need.
If you have fruit trees and are unable to eat all of the fruit, please consider donating it instead of letting it go to waste! To learn more about how it works or to register your fruit tree, please visit www.foodforward.org/fruittrees. You can also email email@example.com for more information.
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Got fruit trees? Can’t eat all of the fruit? If you are in LA or Ventura Counties, donate your fruit instead of letting it go to waste! Food Forward can pick your fruit and make sure it gets to people in need in our community. Visit www.foodforward.org/fruittrees
Do you have a fruit tree? Would you like to donate your excess fruit to those in need?
If your property has mature, well-pruned fruit trees that are less than 15 feet tall with at least 100 pieces of easily accessible fruit, and Food Forward has volunteers in your area, your fruit can be harvested and donated to those in need!
Food Forward is a Southern California-based nonprofit organization that has recovered over 40 million pounds of produce that would normally go to waste. If you have an abundance of fruit on your property, Food Forward volunteers will pick the excess and then donate 100% of the fresh produce collected to local food banks and other hunger-relief agencies.
Fruit Donors are ensured that every piece of fruit is going to someone in need and will also receive a tax-deductible receipt for an in-kind donation. If you would like to register your tree, go to foodforward.org/fruittrees, call the fruitline: 818 530 4125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to volunteer with Food Forward, sign up at www.foodforward.org/volunteer.