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Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued 100’s of million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. Read more about our core values.

Food Forward provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, parental status, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance. Retirement with 3% employer matching. Generous paid time off include Vacation, Personal and Sick Days, along with 13 paid Holidays and Cell Phone Allowance.

No phone calls. Please follow specific instructions on how to apply within each listing.

Job and Internship Opportunities

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Dispatch Administrator
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt- flexible for two shifts, 4:30 am and 7:30
Compensation: $24.04 per hour
Location: City of Bell, CA

 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued 100’s of millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, and in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.

POSITION OVERVIEW: Food Forward seeks an organized and detail-oriented WRP Dispatch Administrator to join our team. This position will report to the WRP Logistics Supervisor. It will be primarily responsible for dispatching Food Forward’s fleet and 3 rd party logistics providers to produce and distribute fresh produce throughout Southern California and beyond. The WRP Dispatch administrator will achieve this by gaining an intimate working knowledge of Food Forward’s various produce donors and recipient agencies while providing excellent customer service through emails, phone, and direct person-to-person communication. In addition to dispatch work, this role will also take on administrative duties. The WRP dispatch administrator will be an excellent team player, supporting and working with drivers, warehouse staff, and other Food Forward employees or stakeholders. This position will be based out of the City of Bell, Food Forward’s Produce Pit Stop, the warehousing space for the Wholesale Recovery Program. The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger in a fast-paced environment and is a skilled multi-tasker and communicator. They will need to think critically and demonstrate strong decision-making and multitasking skills. Produce/food recovery experience is a plus.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Dispatch/Warehouse Operations (70%)

  • Coordinating the logistics of donor and receiving agency pick-ups and deliveries
  • Process orders in Food Forward’s Inventory management system, maintaining accurate records
  • Assist in FIFO process and closing procedures
  • Daily Physical inventory reconciliation

Administrative (30%)

  • Carries administrative duties such as filing, typing, copying, scanning, etc.…
  • Invoice generation and processing
  • Maintain and order supplies for the program
  • Logistics data entry and reporting

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Two years of dispatch or similar work experience
  • 1 – 3 years of warehouse clerical experience
  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent work experience.
  • Computer literate and proficiency
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (2 shifts, 4:30 am and 7:30)
  • Bilingual – Spanish and English required

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Physical ability to frequently lift and carry materials weighing 25 – 50
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach, and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Ability to work in a refrigerated environment. (temperatures as low as 32°F)

BENEFITS:

  • Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance coverage, Retirement with 3% employer matching, Generous Sick Days, paid time off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance

HOW TO APPLY:

 Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected]. The subject line should read, Dispatch Administrator  (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter, include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce, what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds. We value the individuals we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

CORE VALUES

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Working together, we inspire and are inspired by the people in the communities we serve.
  • EQUITY AND INCLUSION We cultivate a diverse workforce that nurtures equity and inclusion.
  • FOOD JUSTICE We share the abundance of fresh produce and prevent food waste because everyone deserves access to fresh and nutritious food.
  • INTEGRITY We are honest, accountable, and authentic in our words and actions.
  • JOYFULNESS We embrace a creative, spirited, and fulfilling environment.

 

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit

Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Warehouse Worker

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt  (starting hours as early as 4:00 am)

Compensation: $22.75 per hour

Location: City of Bell, CA

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued 100’s of millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.

POSITION OVERVIEW:  Food Forward seeks a detail-oriented warehouse worker to join our wholesale recovery team.  The WRP Warehouse Worker will report to the WRP Warehouse Supervisor and must have some produce handling and warehousing experience. The ideal candidate must be able to work early hours and with flexible schedules. They will work closely and effectively with team members and can communicate clearly and concisely, in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

The Warehouse Worker will primarily load/unload, sort, and help Food Forward distribute millions of pounds of fresh produce. The Warehouse Workers will rely heavily on material handling equipment to complete their tasks. The individual’s success will ensure that Food Forward continues to provide fresh and healthy produce to the community.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Loading and Unloading incoming and outgoing inventory
  • Enter and reconcile order information in Fusionware (produce management database)
  • Assist in implementing warehouse safety and security protocols to comply with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Conduct physical counts of produce, reconcile, and enter
  • Maintain a welcoming environment for all Food Forward stakeholders, training and supervising warehouse volunteers in coordination with Food Forward’s Outreach Department.
  • Ensure all safety procedures are being followed by all persons entering the facility. This includes Food Forward staff, guests, receiving agencies, and volunteers.
  • Ad Hoc duties as need

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2 – 5 years of produce warehousing, shipping and receiving experience, and inventory control and management
  • 2 – 5 years of produce handling experience (ability to decipher quality & perishability)
  • 2 – 5 years of experience with forklifts, electric/manual pallet jacks, etc.
  • Conversational Spanish and English required

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Physical ability to frequently lift and carry materials weighing 25 – 70 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Ability to work in a refrigerated environment. (temperatures as low as 32°F)

BENEFITS:

  • Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance coverage, Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (waiting period will apply), Generous Sick Days, paid time off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance

HOW TO APPLY:

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected]. The subject line should read, WRP Warehouse Worker – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter, include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce, what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds. We value the individuals we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.                                    

CORE VALUES

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Working together, we inspire and are inspired by the people in the communities we serve.
  • EQUITY AND INCLUSION We cultivate a diverse workforce that nurtures equity and inclusion.
  • FOOD JUSTICE We share the abundance of fresh produce and prevent food waste because everyone deserves access to fresh and nutritious food.
  • INTEGRITY We are honest, accountable, and authentic in our words and actions.
  • JOYFULNESS We embrace a creative, spirited, and fulfilling environment.

 

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Food Recovery Agency Relations Coordinator
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt hybrid
Salary: $22 – $24 hourly
Location: North Hollywood, CA + Ventura, Bell and various So. Cal locations

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued 100’s of millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helps to feed millions of people across twelve Southern California counties and six states and tribal lands. See our core values posted below.

Position Overview:  The Agency Relations Coordinator will report to the Agency Relations Manager and play a key role in establishing and deepening relationships with Food Forward’s receiving agency partners across Southern California. The primary goal of this position is to help strengthen ongoing partnerships through outreach and engagement while enhancing support for efficiency and accountability in distributing millions of pounds of fresh produce to receiving agencies across Southern California. This position will be primarily based out of Food Forward’s headquarters in North Hollywood, with occasional work out of our office in Ventura and our warehouse in Bell. The position will also require regular travel to visit receiving agencies, primarily in LA County, but also those located in Ventura County and beyond.

Food Forward seeks an organized, outgoing, and detail-oriented Agency Relations (AR) Coordinator with strong communication and data-management skills. The ideal candidate is passionate about food justice, hunger relief, and community-building. The AR Coordinator will focus their efforts on facilitating the distribution of recovered produce throughout Southern California. The AR Coordinator will achieve this by gaining an intimate knowledge of our receiving agencies and their needs and by collaborating with the Food Forward program staff to understand the timing, quantity, quality, and types of produce being donated to Food Forward. Having a collaborative mindset, with the ability to balance the needs of Food Forward with those of receiving agencies, will be critical to the success of this position. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support in the onboarding and program placement of all new receiving agencies
  • Serve as a point of contact with partner agencies and maintain strong agency-partner relationships.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and track receiving agencies produce pick-ups.
  • Maintain and update receiving agency data in Food Forward’s data management systems in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Assist in the processing of weekly, monthly, and annual reports
  • Maintain and update programmatic & administrative materials as they relate to Agency Relations
  • Conduct on-site receiving agency visits to deepen relationships, strengthen communications, ensure compliance, and provide feedback on programming
  • Ad hoc duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bilingual: Proficient in English and Spanish required
  • Proven effective data and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, analytical and presentation skills
  • Strong ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Google Workspace
  • Willingness to travel regionally regularly and work a flexible schedule, including the possibility of early hours and weekends

BENEFITS

  • Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life/Voluntary Insurance coverage, FSA/Dependent Care, Pet Insurance, Retirement Plan with 3% employer matching, Generous Paid-Time-Off policy and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone and internet monthly allowance

How To Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected]. The subject line should read, Agency Relations Coordinator (Your Name). The cover letter must include answers to the following: 1) Where did you discover this listing? 2) If you were a variety of produce, what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds. We value the individuals we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

CORE VALUES

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Working together, we inspire and are inspired by the people in the communities we serve.
  • EQUITY AND INCLUSION We cultivate a diverse workforce that nurtures equity and inclusion.
  • FOOD JUSTICE We share the abundance of fresh produce and prevent food waste because everyone deserves access to fresh and nutritious food.
  • INTEGRITY We are honest, accountable, and authentic in our words and actions.
  • JOYFULNESS We embrace a creative, spirited, and fulfilling environment