Food Forward: Tackling food waste and “sharing abundance” in Southern California

Food Forward is helping fight hunger and prevent food waste in Southern California by rescuing fresh surplus produce and “sharing abundance”.

The non-profit organisation collects 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. All of the produce recovered is donated to hunger relief agencies across eight counties in Southern California.

According to the NRDC, up to 40% of food in the United States is wasted. Moreover, 1 in 6 individuals lack adequate access to food.

Food Forward presents a simple solution by connecting surplus produce with the food insecure people in Southern Californian communities.

Food Forward was set up by Californian native, Rick Nahmias, who whilst walking around his neighbourhood of Valley Glen came to the realisation that the vast amount of wasted fruit in his own neighborhood could become a sustainable source of nutrition for the food insecure. With only two volunteers and a single backyard, over 800 pounds of fruit was produced from the first “pick.”

Food Forward have fed around 1.5 million people across Los Angeles in the last year.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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