Who Gets Our Food?


Where do our recovered fruits and vegetables go?

Unlike a traditional food bank, Food Forward connects the surplus produce we recover with other nonprofits who distribute food to their communities. With the help of our partners, Food Forward helps feed millions of people experiencing food insecurity across Southern California and beyond with recovered fruits and vegetables.

Hunger relief organizations

We partner with hundreds of hunger relief organizations. Via these direct service agencies, several hundred additional agencies receive free Food Forward produce. Our donations of fresh fruits and vegetables are used to create hot meals, fill grocery bags, stock food pantries, provide on-site snacks, and more. Hunger relief organizations never pay for produce from Food Forward, freeing up funds to provide much-needed services and programming for clients. The fruits and vegetables recovered by Food Forward reach people across virtually all social service sectors:

  • Food banks
  • Homeless outreach
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Transitional youth homes
  • Veteran services
  • After-school programs
  • LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services
  • Programs serving people with disabilities
  • College student assistance programs
  • And many more!

“Thanks to Food Forward produce donations, we have been able to triple the quantities of food received… Many families come week after week, and express gratitude for the quality of nutritious produce they get to take home.” – Seeds of Hope, Hollywood/Echo Park