According to the NRDC, up to 40% of food in the United States is wasted. At the same time, one in six individuals lack adequate access to food. Food Forward presents a simple solution to this disparity by connecting surplus produce with the food insecure people in Southern California communities. They collect fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% of the produce recovered is donated to hunger relief agencies across eight counties in Southern California.
If based in Southern California, your organization can sign up to be a food recieving agency. The site is also a fantastic model of service work that could be initiated in other cities that have a strong network of Farmers' Markets.