2009 – 2019: A look back at Food Forward milestones

See a snapshot of Food Forward’s major milestones, year by year, from 2009-2019! For a more detailed look at Food Forward’s history, check out the timeline we created for our tenth anniversary here.

1. 2019

The Produce Pit Stop, our first refrigerated warehouse facility, is open!


2. 2018
Food Forward recovers and donates 50 million pounds ⁠(now we’re over 87 million!)


3. 2017
We pilot the Produce Pick-Up program in partnership with WLCAC, which is now in 4 sites across LA & VC


4. 2016
Food Forward volunteers give 21,000 hours of service since our founding. We couldn’t do what we do without them!⁠⠀


5. 2015

Food Forward wins our first EPA Food Recovery Challenge award for our work to prevent food waste⁠⠀


6. 2014
We launch the Wholesale Recovery Program, and greatly expand the volume of food we can recover and donate⁠⠀


7. 2012 
The Farmers Market Recovery program is launched at Santa Monica Wednesday. It’s now at 25 weekly markets in LA & VC⁠!⁠⠀


8. 2011

Martha Penhall, a Food Forward volunteer, starts our Ventura County branch⁠⠀


9. 2010

Food Forward serves some of our first partner hunger relief agencies, MEND (pictured) and SOVA. ⁠⠀


10. 2009

It all begins with our first Backyard Harvests and some fruit-loving volunteers! ⁠