Food Forward: Reinvigorating surplus produce

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Food Forward Volunteer Picking Fruit Food Forward volunteer picking fruit to feed to the hungry.

From picking to feeding, Food Forward, a volunteer organization, reinvigorates surplus produce that would normally go to waste. It does this through various programs including backyard harvesting, farmer’s markets, and wholesale recovery.

“Millions of pounds a week are discarded unnecessarily, either it doesn’t look right, it’s the wrong size, it’s been double ordered, there’s a bumper crop,” explained Food Forward Founder Rick Nahmias.

Food Forward: Reinvigorating surplus produce

Food Forward: Reinvigorating surplus produce

Food Forward, a volunteer organization, reinvigorates surplus produce that would normally go to waste.

All of the fruits and vegetables, collected by Food Forward, are then donated to hunger relief agencies all across Southern California. On average, the organization recovers about 90,000 kilograms of produce each week.

“That food reached an estimated one million people last year,” Nahmias said.

Full Frame met with the volunteers of Food Forward to see how food, which might otherwise go to waste, is feeding the hungry.

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