Let’s Launch The Depot!

You can help DOUBLE Food Forward’s impact
to 40 million pounds a year by 2020.

40500727780_8c4ffb8243_kImagine what we could do with our own warehouse???

We raised $69,016 toward our $50,000 goal.
Thanks to your support, we crossed the finish line!

campaign-thermometer-100138% of Goal | 147 Donors


Scroll down to check out our fabulous and fruity thank you gifts!


About the Depot

Food Forward’s Wholesale Recovery program has rescued and donated an incredible 54 million pounds since 2014. But, with 1 in 8 Californians (and 1 in 5 children) still facing food insecurity while millions of pounds of perfectly edible produce gets thrown away, polluting our environment, we know there’s so much more work to be done.

Currently, Wholesale Recovery operates with only a staff of four and two unrefrigerated, 24’ box trucks — and no warehouse space of our own. Although our productivity has been amazing with this lean operation, we have started to hit a ceiling. We need our own space to maximize efficiency – a Depot!

We are currently on the hunt for a warehouse to create a distribution hub for our wholesale produce. With this facility, we’ll DOUBLE our annual impact and grow from moving 20 million pounds a year to 40 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR by the end of 2020.

But, we can’t do it without you!

We need to raise $50,000 by August 1st to be able to sign a lease, buy the necessary equipment, and hire a Warehouse Supervisor. We’re counting on you, our fruit family, to join us in helping make this incredible opportunity a reality.

As a thank you for your contribution, we’re offering some fun, fruity gear and unique experiences. If you’re not interested in the gifts, no problem! Just check the “No perk for me!” box on the donate page, and 100% of your contribution will go toward the Depot.

Make a donation today!

Thank You Gifts

$25 Sincerely, Food Forward
25 out of 30 available

You’re the apple of our eyes! Bask in our eternal gratitude knowing your gift made a difference, and receive a handwritten thank-you card from all of us at Food Forward.

$50 Loco for Logos
28 out of 30 available

Some folks sport their hearts on their sleeve, others wear fruit. Proudly profess your allegiance to Team Fruit with an iconic Food Forward temporary tattoo and 3” logo sticker.

$75 No Plastic, Please
19 out of 30 available

Sip smoothies stylishly and sustainably! This pack contains 4 reusable, stainless steel straws engraved with the Food Forward name, plus a “wasted” smoothie recipe to try at home.

$100 Tee Up
20 out of 30 available

Feel fashion-forward in these unisex jersey “Fruit-Tees.” From size small to xl, these tees are a 52/48 cotton/poly blend, in a most flattering shade of blueberry. Tell us your tee size in the donation page comment section!

$200 Food Forward Fan Pack
24 out of 25 available

Go bananas for this cornucopia! You’ll receive all of the above perks for the ultimate Food Forward fan pack: handwritten note, sticker and tattoo, reusable straws, and the Fruit-Tee. Tell us your tee size in the donation page comment section!

$275 Class Act
15 out of 15 available

Our Foodsteader workshop series demystifies the kitchen and fosters connection through food. Receive a pair of tickets to the Foodsteader class of your choice. Offer good through 12/31/19.

$500 Raise the Roof
18 out of 20 available

Your support makes our work possible, so celebrate the fruits of our labors together! Join Food Forward’s inner circle at a festive opening night party in honor of our new space. Party date tbd.

$1,000 The Depot 4 Ever!
8 out of 15 available

Food is ephemeral, but your impact is forever. Let us honor your contribution on the wall of the Depot. And join our opening night celebration, where we’ll thank you from the stage! Party date tbd.

$2,500 Exclusive Dinner at Sowden House
1 out of 4 available

All the benefits of the $1,000 level, plus a pair of tickets to our most exclusive engagement yet: an intimate, root-to-leaf dinner at the iconic Sowden House featuring Roxana Jullapat, Jessica Koslow, Minh Phan, and other female top LA chefs. Date: 10/14/18.

$5,000 Harvest Party
2 out of 4 available

All the benefits of the $2,500 level, plus a private backyard Harvest Party organized just for you and 10 guests, including coffee, baked goodies, mimosas, and a boombox playing your favorite tunes.

$10,000 The Cherry on Top
1 out of 2 available

Your name will grace one of two named loading docks at our new facility, visible even from outside the building! Each dock will aid the transfer of hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce every week.

To donate via a check, please make your check payable to Food Forward and mail it to:

Emily Parker, Development Director
Food Forward
7412 Fulton Avenue, #3
North Hollywood, CA 91605

We’re also set up to accept gifts of appreciated stock! Please email or call Development Director, Emily Parker to arrange the transfer or for more information: emily@foodforward.org or 818-764-1022 x 110.

Food Forward (Tax ID # 90-0678872) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

If you are interested in the thank you gifts and would like to know the amount that is not tax-deductible, please contact Data and Design Coordinator Pam Guerra: pamela@foodforward.org or 818-764-1022 x 113.