Private Picks

Is your team looking for a hands-on way to make a direct impact on your community?

Private Picks are backyard harvests that are customized to suit your group’s size, location, priorities, and schedule. A donation is requested to cover the cost of planning and staffing a private event for your group. Your sponsorship is tax-deductible, and helps support Food Forward’s efforts to feed over 2 million people a year. If you do not have the budget for a private event, consider bringing your group to a public, pre-existing event.

100% of the produce you collect will be donated to a nearby hunger-relief agency, and you’ll get to learn all about where the fruit is coming from, where it’s going, and why!



Are Private Picks good for kids?
Absolutely. However, not all harvest locations are suitable for children. While booking, let us know if kids will be joining you so we can select a property that’s great for kids.

How long is a Private Pick?
About two hours, including an introduction to Food Forward plenty of time for an awesome group photo opportunity next to all your full boxes of fruit!

How many people can I bring?
Private Picks work for groups as small as 5 participants and as large as 50. However, groups of 15 or fewer will have the widest range of geographies to choose from. Larger groups are best suited to our properties in San Fernando Valley or Ventura County due to size considerations.

How do you decide the date and location?
Food Forward makes every effort to accommodate your preferences, but factors such as seasonality, fruit ripeness, and the availability of property-owners with whom we partner may impact our ability to secure properties in your desired region and time frame. Click the orange button below to complete our inquiry form and tell us your needs. We’ll compare them against our roster of ready-to-harvest properties and find a great match!

Sounds great. How do I get started?
Help us plan the perfect harvest for your group by clicking the button below!

For more information, please contact Allia Haddad, Events and Partnerships Manager, at or 818-764-1022 Ext. 111.


Private Picks include:

✓ Food Forward staff to lead your harvest
✓ Refreshments, harvest equipment, and insurance
✓ Special Food Forward gift for each participant
✓ Social media recognition after your event
✓ Knowing that community members in need
will receive 100% of the fruit you pick!

“We really enjoyed the action and activity of the pick and to know that something that could have been wasted went to a place where it could be enjoyed was immediate and lasting for us all. We hope to participate again next year!” – The Windward School



“Our team couldn’t say enough about what a great event it was, and seeing where the food was going was very rewarding.” – Premier America Credit Union

Food Forward has hosted Private Picks for:

John Aaroe Group · Amgen · Bad Robot · CAA
Capital Group · Chase Bank · Christ Lutheran Church
LMU · Premier America Credit Union · Sage Publications
TOMS · United Talent Agency · Wells Fargo · WHH Foundation
· Windward School · WME Entertainment
& more!