This Looks Like a Fun Way to Help Out Locally


100 volunteers + 300 orange trees = 100% to feed the hungry!

FOOD FORWARD is an all-volunteer grassroots group of Los Angelenos who care about reconnecting to our food system, making change around urban hunger and stopping food waste. Several times a month volunteers convene at a private property they have been invited to and glean the excess fruit on their trees, donating 100% of it to local food pantries. They run picks, big and small, with their next large event to be held June 28th at CSUN where over 100 volunteers (all ages welcome) will glean free fresh fruit from a grove of over 300 trees in one day.

Their current main receiving partner is SOVA Community Food and Resource Program, which distributes food to over 7,700 clients a month across all of Southern California. In just 4 months and 20 picks, they have gleaned over 14,000 pounds of fresh free fruit for the hungry which would otherwise fall to the ground or ended up in land fills.

Come join this inspired and growing new group of urban gleaners on June 28th at CSUN! Following the same format of their hugely successful first BIG PICK in March, they are inviting you to volunteer for either the 9 am-12 pm shift or 1 pm-4 pm shift.  At noon all participants are invited to join a potluck picnic in the orchard. This time, the 1-4pm afternoon session will be open to children and families. More info/sign-up at!

To hold your spot for June 28th, email them directly or call Food Forward at 818-530-4125 – leaving your name, email, age, and phone/cell number.

Source: Jen’s List

Photo by Stewart Johnson

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