Food Forward’s Mission


Food Forward is a non-profit food/fruit-recovery organization that has to date collected over nine and a half million pounds of fruit donating it all to food banks around Southern California. It began when the founder, Rick Nahmais, was walking his dog and stumbled upon a tree full of fruit and had the idea to pick it and donate it to a local food pantry. He was inspired by the potential change he could have on his community and decided to start small and build up. His organization has since grown all over Southern California donating to about 100 receiving agencies which serve hundreds of thousands of people each year. The organization now boasts three main branches: Backyard Harvests, Farmers Market Recovery, and the latest Wholesale Recovery. Food Forward, led by a team of twelve full time workers, has changed the lives of so many people with the simple mission statement that they have kept since the inception of the organization to rescue fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, donating 100% of the recovered fruit to those in need, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same


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