Submitted by Food Forward
It’s that time of year again, when Angelinos begin to realize just how lucky we are to live where abundance grows right in our backyards. No, money doesn’t grow on trees. But all across Los Angeles, thousands of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, peaches, plums, and apricots are beginning to ripen.
Despite the thriving trees, 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children in LA County don’t get enough nutritious food to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. That’s where Food Forward comes in, connecting those with abundance to those in need.
Since 2009, Food Forward has rescued 10 million pounds of fresh produce from going to waste, donating 100% to people in need. When a donor has extra fruit, Food Forward organizes local volunteers to pick it, provides harvesting equipment and a trained leader as support, and then arranges for a local food pantry to receive the fruit.
Food Forward is seeking volunteers and fruit donors in the Eastside who want to help fight hunger in their communities! To donate your fruit, register your tree at: foodforward.org/get-involved/property-owners/. Interested volunteers can check foodforward.org/events/ to find upcoming harvest and farmers market events.
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