Kumquats on tree

Rain, Drought, and Citrus Trees

If you’ve been living in Southern California for the last few years or decades, you’re likely familiar with the changing weather patterns. In 2012 to 2016, we experienced a very harsh five-year drought and 2023-2024 had record-setting winter storms and…

Volunteers holding Food Forward boxes and loading them onto truck

Volunteer Opportunities in Ventura County

Looking to volunteer in Ventura County but not sure where to start?  If you’re looking for a fun, outdoor, and beautiful service experience, Food Forward has volunteer opportunities for everyone in Ventura County throughout the year.  Sign up to volunteer! …

People lined up at food distribution

Food insecurity during the holidays and how you can help 

The holiday season is a magical time—the colorful lights everywhere, the energy of giving, and the anticipation of getting together with loved ones to eat delicious treats. Unfortunately, many families face a huge economic burden during the holidays, and stress…

The climate change and food security effect

Climate change and food insecurity are both global issues that are deeply intertwined. Because of that, their solutions must go hand in hand. Global food supply We often talk about food security—the reliable access to healthy food that results in…

Food waste in America by the numbers

You likely know food waste is a problem in America. But it can either feel vague and/or overwhelming without a deeper understanding of how big of a problem it is. That’s why we’re breaking down just how much food is…

Oranges in corn on display

What is food justice?

Food insecurity doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it’s inextricably linked to inequality and the systems that cause it.  That means when we look at food insecurity, we must also look at the social factors that shape it, looking for solutions…

People lining up at food distribution

What is food insecurity? Food security?

“Food insecurity,” “food security,” and “hunger,” are often used interchangeably since they are all connected to food access and its effects on health, but each has clear distinctions and it is important that these terms guide our efforts to address…