Volunteer Day with Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition
3.13.17 – We took a break from the fruit cave to go volunteer at one of our amazing partner Receiving Agencies.
One of the most rewarding aspects of working for Food Forward is visiting the incredible agencies that receive our recovered produce and connect it to those in need. We love seeing recovered produce reach the communities we serve! Our staff had the opportunity to do our second hands-on volunteer day recently with one of our steadfast partners: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition.
Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC) is an astounding service organization, continually meeting the nutrition needs of their community. One need look no further than their “perfect attendance” record for evidence of their indomitable spirit: GWHFC has served a nightly meal 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for the last 30 years.
GWHFC has served a nightly meal 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for the last 30 years.
Although it can be hard to source, prep, and serve fresh fruits and veggies on such a large scale, GWHFC does an amazing job making sure that meals served to their clients are fresh and well-balanced! Since we began our partnership in 2012, GWHFC has received 60,000 pounds (or, 240,000 servings) of fresh, local produce from Food Forward’s Farmers Market Recovery and Backyard Harvest programs. Each day, these nutritious fruits and veggies are processed, prepped, cooked, and served to clients of all ages and backgrounds.
Our Volunteer Day
Food Forward’s staff had the opportunity to volunteer in the tremendous food prep and serving effort that goes on at GWHFC every day. We got to hang out at the new GWHFC service facilities and prep salad, fruit salad, sandwiches to go, and hot entrées (baked chicken with rice or pasta, and more). The delicious meal we helped to assemble was served that night to around 120 clients, who come to GWHFC knowing that they can depend on a healthy, hot meal.
Food Forward felt so lucky to be welcomed with open arms into an organization that put all of our staff’s assorted kitchen skills to good use. Feeding many mouths requires many hands, and we were proud to lend our hands to this organization for the day!
Want to do more? YOU can volunteer with GWHFC too—they need awesome volunteers to keep their meal service running 365 days a year. And, help us get more produce into the hands of amazing agencies like the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition: