Los Angeles

Slow Food Volunteer Opp: Glean Team at Food Forward

Food Forward’s Mary Baldwin is seeking vols for their new Farmers Market Recovery Program. This is so very Slow Food and is a phenomenal way to directly participate in advancing good food access in L.A. See her post below:

The glean team
Santa Monica’s glean team

The Farmers Market Recovery Program is an initiative by Food Forward to administer a volunteer-­-based, reliable, systematized collection of produce from farmers at the end of markets that would otherwise go to waste, 100% of which will then be donated to agencies serving those in need. We are currently at the Santa Monica Wednesday Market, Studio City Sunday Market and Hollywood Sunday Market.

Since initiated 4 months ago in August 2012, we have already collected over 51,000 pounds of food!

How we do it

It isn’t rocket science. We arrive at the market and issue collection boxes to the farmers. The farmers fill the boxes with their excess produce. At the end of the market, we collect the boxes and distribute them to our receiving agencies.

Of course, for things to go so smoothly there’s quite a bit of preparation involved, but by the time we’re at the market we’ve received the support of the Market Manager, vetted receiving agencies that serve meals to local people in need, developed relationships with farmers, and built handtrucks from itty bitty little pieces.

What’s next?

We are looking for reliable Gleaners to join in our efforts to relieve hunger in the LA area! This is a great opportunity for students in need of community service hours or internship credit, recent college grads trying to get involved in the Los Angeles food community, or folks already involved in their community but looking for a deeper experience at the Market.

Hours: 3 hours a week, twice monthly, for 6 months (or more!)

If you are interested in joining this Farmers Market Recovery program, say hello at fmrecovery@foodforward.org.