Celebrating 50 Million Pounds Recovered and Donated!
On February 23, 2018, Food Forward supporters, staff, and volunteers gathered at the Franklin Canyon Orange Grove in Beverly Hills to celebrate a milestone 50 million pounds of produce recovered and donated! Over the last 9 years, we’ve celebrated milestones such as our first 1 million pounds, hitting 10 million pounds., etc, but 50 million feels like we’re taking things to a whole new level. This celebration was an opportunity to look back on what we’ve accomplished and thank those who’ve lent an incredible amount of hard work and support for what we do.
Remarks were made by Rick Nahmias, Founder and Executive Director of Food Forward, Nancy Volpert, Director of Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives of JFS SOVA and Food Forward Board Member, Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation, Judith Kieffer, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, Jackie Keene, the District Director for LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Mark Brown, District Representative from Senator Herzberg’s Office of the 18th State Senate District, Jeanalee Obergfell, Senior Policy Analyst in Sustainability in the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Andre Villasenor, Environmental Protection Specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Commissioner Heather Repenning, the Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.
We had so many Food Forward friends join us– those who have been with the organization from the beginning, new supporters, board members, former staff members, old interns, and even a couple of babies! It was great to see everyone come together to celebrate this amazing milestone.
The orange grove was looking particularly abundant on this sunny and windy morning, which was perfect for our celebratory orange harvest (those next 50 million pounds aren’t going to pick themselves!) where everyone had the opportunity to get their hands dirty. Together, we gleaned more than 1,500 pounds of oranges. Back in 2009, Jewish Family Service’s SOVA was the very first agency to receive produce from Food Forward, and on Friday, they received our 50 millionth pound. We love that things have come full circle, and we’re looking forward to the next 50 million pounds and beyond!
Read about it on LAmag.com!