Many of us have fruit trees and use or distribute only a small portion of the fruit to our friends and families. Here’s an idea that will help you and many others at the same time:

FOOD FORWARD is an all-volunteer grassroots group of Los Angeles residents who care about reconnecting to our food system and making change around urban hunger and food waste. Food Forward volunteers (fully insured) convene at private properties they have been invited to and glean the excess fruit on their trees, donating 100% of it to local food pantries. Food Forward was founded in January 2009 and they have harvested over 130,000 pounds of fresh, free fruit and vegetables. Food Forward supplies the volunteers, equipment and coordination to pull off picks both large and small, creating an atmosphere of community that encourages its volunteers to reconnect and pass along the abundance of food already present in our daily lives. All property owners receive a tax deduction for every pound they harvest.

We encourage you to volunteer your property to be gleaned, or to be part of a pick. Call them at (818) 530-4125 or visit their website: You will be proud to be part of our growing family of FRUITANTHROPISTS – now over 150 strong and growing weekly!