Dear Food Forward Supporters and Volunteers,

It has been quite a year for our organization.

We close 2009, our first year in existence, going from a simple idea to a thriving grassroots community building organization which is already at the forefront of fighting hunger while it builds community in Southern California.

In under twelve months we have gone…

From 1 registered volunteer to over 850…From one pick to over eighty-five…From a few dozen pounds of tangerines to over eighty-five thousand pounds of fresh free fruit and vegetables which would otherwise go to waste, all harvested for Southern California’s hungry.

Our work and volunteers have been written up multiple times in the LA Times and LA Daily News, and we have been interviewed in magazines, on radio, television and featured in dozens of blogs.

We could not have done it without you and now as we announce our freshly minted 501c.3 status (through the fiscal sponsorship of LA Community Garden Council – LACGC) we ask you help one last time in 2009 in the way of making a generous TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation of any size to our organization  – 100% of which will go toward our operations of feeding Southern California’s hungry in 2010.  So if you have picked with us, or wanted to help our group but have not been able to pick, this is the PERFECT and badly NEEDED way you can help us…

Through January 1, 2010, LACGC has generously offered to pass along to Food Forward ALL monetary donations made via Paypal on their website:

All you need to do is click on the above link and make a donation in any amount.  (They will continue to get us contributions made after Jan 1, 2010 but this week EVERYTHING coming in to through PayPal goes to Food Forward!)

You may also write a check to LA Community Garden Council with “Food Forward” in the memo and send it to 2363 N. ALTMAN ST LA, CA 90031. While we build an easy to use donation page on our new website, this is the way you can help us directly with your easy, secure donation. (If it makes you feel more secure you can also reply to this email alerting us once you have made your donation so we have a double record of it.)

Again, just click this link and make a tax deductible donation in any amount to Food Forward:

We look so forward to adding more fruit, volunteers, picks and trees to the Food Forward rolls in 2010 and thank you in advance for the support and contributions you have made in so many ways to our growing organization.

Here is to a happy and healthy 2010 to you and yours.


The Food Forward Team