Since 2009, we’ve been on a mission to reduce food waste and increase access to healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. See some of our milestones along the way.
We buy a 24′ truck!
A successful crowdfunding campaign helps us raise $45,000 for our own vehicle to recover fruits and vegetables from the Wholesale Produce Market. See the video here.
Food Forward partners with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee to launch our Produce Pick-Up Program
An innovative partnership model supplies produce recovered by the Wholesale Recovery Program to the South Los Angeles community through a market-style distribution. The distributions happen twice a month and generally provide 12,000-15,000 pounds of fresh, free fruits and vegetables to community members and local hunger relief agencies.
Food Forward turns 10!
We mark the anniversary by signing the lease for our Produce Depot near DTLA. This new warehouse space will enable Food Forward to recover and donate 40 million pounds of produce each year, doubling its current produce recovery efforts. The 6,000 square foot Produce Depot will expand our capacity with refrigeration, dry storage, workspace for staff, a new software system to track produce, food recovery equipment, and two new box trucks
We win our 4th EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award
‘Faces of Food Forward’ highlights 10 amazing individuals
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we work with local filmmakers Serena Creative to create a series of short videos and accompanying photos, each featuring one individual who has made Food Forward’s work possible over the past decade. You can watch the stories here.
In response to COVID-19, we launch an emergency expansion initiative
With food insecurity rates rising and more food going to waste on farms, we work quickly to expand our Wholesale Produce Recovery program. This includes doubling the Produce Pit Stop warehouse footprint to include “The Sprout,” securing new equipment and loading dock space, hiring five new food rescue positions, and redeploying staff. The expansion allows us to distribute an average of 1 million pounds of produce each week for the last six months of 2020.
Our Volunteer Leaders recover produce at 185 events per month
We provide produce to 160 new community partners
Over 160 new partners receive free surplus fruits and vegetables from Food Forward in 2020, many of whom started food programs in response to the pandemic. We also launch new food hub distributions, providing a truckload of produce on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to 8-20 community partners, at a total of 12 sites in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.