Mission & Values


Our Mission

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.

According to the NRDC, up to 40% of food in the United States is wasted. At the same time, 1 in 9 Californians lacks adequate access to food. Food Forward presents a simple solution to this disparity by connecting surplus fresh fruits and vegetables with people experiencing food insecurity in our communities.

Our Core Values


We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.


We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive, and spirited work environment.


We believe that access to wholesome food and fresh nutritious produce is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.


We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.


We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous, and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.


We aim to include and connect people in the community and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

By recovering edible fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste, we are supporting a healthier environment, greater economic resilience, and more equitable communities. Learn more here.

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