Category Food Recovery

Sharing what we’ve “gleaned”

Gleaning—gathering surplus crops or other food for the local community—has been a form of social welfare for well over 2,000 years. (Learn more about the history of gleaning in a previous blog post!) Today, there are hundreds of organizations that…

Berney’s grapefruit: Big yield, big impact

In the rolling hills of Somis, there are rows of grapefruit trees, waiting to be harvested by Food Forward volunteers every year. The trees, approximately fifty of them, are part of the orchard on Chuck Berney’s 42-acre property. While Chuck…

A morning at the Produce Pit Stop

It’s been over six months since the Produce Pit Stop, our first-ever warehouse space, opened. The Produce Pit Stop is located in Bell, CA, and provides refrigeration, dry storage space, dedicated workspaces, and a centralized hub to our Wholesale Recovery…

A Morning Of Food Recovery

Food Forward’s Social Media Coordinator and Super SUPER Volunteer, Devyn, visited the Wholesale Produce Market recently to see first hand how Food Forward is able to recover millions of pounds of fresh produce from the market per year. Read on…

What Is Gleaning? Past, Present & Future

Gleaning is an ancient form of food recovery & support that’s making an amazing modern comeback! Here’s a definition of the word “glean”, a history of the movement, and a discussion of gleaning today. A History of Gleaning and the Food Recovery Movement…

15 Uses For A Split Grapefruit

We are lucky to have a guest blog entry by a fantastic Pick Leader, Tessa Lucero, who offers tips on how to use all of those split grapefruit! Read on for 14 great uses (and 1 silly one!). What is your…

GLEAN/ glēn/ verb

When people ask me, “What is Food Forward?” I usually respond, “We are Los Angeles’ largest backyard harvesting for the hungry organization. Our volunteers are invited into backyard throughout Southern California to glean excess fruit and donate the harvest to…