Year 2020

A sense of connectedness and purpose

Our Volunteer of the Month is James Roncal! James is an incredible volunteer—the first time he ever volunteered with us at the West Hollywood Farmers Market, our partner agency, Mutual Aid Action Los Angeles, couldn’t fit all the boxes in…

A part of something big

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Betsy Vanleit! Betsy has been volunteering with Food Forward since 2016, and before long she trained as both a Pick Leader and Glean Team Leader. In the last few months, Betsy has been “solo”…

Passing along the value of volunteerism

Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Matt Sanderson, who has been volunteering with Food Forward since December 2019. Matt finished his Pick Leader training in January 2020 and made a huge impact in very little time! In only 10 months…

Agency Spotlight: Ruben Castro Charities

This month, we’re highlighting our partner Ruben Castro Charities, a community-based organization committed to eliminating generational poverty. The organization is named in the honor of Ruben Castro, a local businessman, Moorpark community leader, and the first Latino to serve on…

Agency Spotlight: SBCC Thrive

Today, we’re spotlighting SBCC Thrive LA, an organization that has empowered Angelenos to make positive change in their community for the past 47 years. Founded in 1973, SBCC (short for Strength Based Community Change) is built on the idea that…

On Sundays, this dynamic duo gets to work

This month we’re featuring two Volunteers of the Month – Nick Doctors and Patrick McPhilamy. Nick and Patrick have both gleaned all but four Sundays since we started back up at Encino in June—a total of thirteen gleans, plus they’re…

Doing good for others in his spare time

Meet our Ventura County Volunteer of the Quarter, and Volunteer of the Month, Eric S! Eric is a Volunteer Support Driver in Ventura County, and helps us keep everything running smoothly. Eric restocks our storage for market gleans and backyard…