Ventura County Essay Content for Students


Food Forward is a non-profit organization that recovers fresh produce from backyards, orchards, farmers markets and wholesale distributors that would otherwise go to waste. All of those healthy fruits and vegetables are donated to local hunger relief and community support organizations.

If you are a student in Ventura County in grades K-12, we want to hear from you about some very important issues:

What does food justice mean to you?


How can we reduce food waste?


Your ideas about these subjects could win you a ticket to the Ventura County Fair where you will present your winning essay and a feature on Food Forward’s online blog!

Research the topics of food justice, food waste and food insecurity in our region and provide ideas on how to increase everyone’s access to fresh, abundant, wholesome produce grown in Ventura County. The essay should be approximately 300 words.

Submissions are due by July 20, 2018 and should be sent to



When is my essay due?

Please email essays to by July 20th, 2018.


Is there an age limit?

This contest is for students in Ventura County in grades K-12.


Who do I contact with questions?



I don’t know about food justice, what should I do?

Research it! You can do a search on Google by typing, “food justice, food waste, where is my food grown, etc.” You can also visit and read our blog.


Is there a fee to enter?

No. It’s free to enter.


Tell me more about the presentation at the Fair.

The top 3 entries will receive free Ventura County Fair tickets (one day entry for one student only for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place). For those who wish to present their essay at the Fair, they will arrange the day and time (usually a Saturday afternoon) to do so on the stage in the Ag Building with the essay contest organizers.


My family wants to come watch me present, do they get in free?

Unfortunately we can only provide free entry tickets to the top 3 essays contest winners. Your family members may purchase tickets to the fair by visiting this page.

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