Los Angeles

Picking Fruit For Those in Need: Join “The Big Pick” on March 8

Rick Nahmias, who caught our attention with The Migrant Project, his moving photographs of the men and women who help supply over half the produce grown in the United States, is helping coordinate The Big Pick, a day of orange picking that will benefit the SOVA food pantry.
When: Sunday, March 8, 2009
Where: A private estate in Chatsworth with over 300 orange trees in need of attention
Cost: Free. Equipment and refreshments will be supplied, but you’ll need to bring gloves and a dish if you’d like to participate in the potluck picnic lunch from noon-1:00pm.
Volunteers will convene on an estate to pick fruit, and SOVA will ensure that 100% of the fruit will go directly to hungry families across Los Angeles. SOVA is a nonsectarian program of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty through food distribution and a wide range of supportive services.
If you’re interested in participating you can join the team for a morning shift (9:00-noon), an afternoon shift (1:00pm-4:00pm), or the entire day.
A reservation is required to participate. For more information, location and directions, and to reserve your spot, contact Fred Summers at SOVA via email or by phone at 818.988.7682.
Rick will also be coordinating smaller picks on a weekly basis, going to private homes and picking fruit that would otherwise be wasted. All fruit will be donated, and Rick welcomes both volunteers and offers from tree owners who wish to participate in the program. For more information, contact Rick by email at trickstern [at] sbcglobal [dot] net.