Los Angeles County

It all started in the San Fernando Valley in 2009 with a single backyard fruit pick. Food Forward Founder/Executive Director, Rick Nahmias, harvested 800 pounds of tangerines from a neighbors tree, with the help of two volunteers. He donated the fruits of their labor to a hunger relief agency right down the road – SOVA.

This first backyard fruit pick blossomed into more, and after only a year that small group of dedicated volunteers had harvested 100,000 pounds. Since then, Food Forward’s Los Angeles County hub added the Farmers Market Recovery and Wholesale Recovery Programs to its flagship Backyard Harvest Program. There are now 35 staff members working out of the North Hollywood office, connecting millions of pounds of produce with those in need each year.

818-764-1022 – info@foodforward.org

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Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties

In 2012, Food Forward officially opened the doors of its Ventura County branch. An extraordinary volunteer, named Martha Penhall, attended a Food Forward fruit harvest. This inspired Martha to bring fruitanthropy to her community of Moorpark. With the support of many other dedicated volunteers, she began harvesting all over Ventura County. Since then, Food Forward VC has added the Farmers Market Recovery Program and regular farm gleans, providing the county’s food insecure with farm fresh produce in addition to regular hauls of citrus. The branch has recovered over 1.5 million pounds of fruits and veggies, and serves over 40 agencies across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

805-630-2728 – volunteervc@foodforward.org

Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, and Orange Counties

Food Forward’s Wholesale Recovery Program donates fruits and vegetables to agencies serving food insecure communities in these five counties. We currently do not collect produce in these geographies.