What We Do


Learn about our work

1 in 9 Californians lacks adequate access to food. That’s nearly 4 million people. At the same time, 40% of food in the United States, or 80 billion pounds, is wasted every year.

Food Forward creates a sustainable solution to both these problems. Our dedicated team members and volunteers—people just like you—recover fruits and vegetables that would have been wasted from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. We connect this abundance of nutritious food to people experiencing food insecurity, donating 100% of the produce we recover to hunger relief agencies across Southern California, and to tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.

Food Forward volunteer holding corn

Watch the stories

We celebrated our first decade by highlighting the partners, staff, and volunteers who make our work possible. Watch the Faces of Food Forward series on YouTube.