If you are looking for a great volunteer opportunity this fall please check out our friends Food Forward. At every market, the nonprofit needs three volunteers and a team leader, who coordinates farmers’ donations. It is a daily time commitment of about 2.5 hours. Volunteers are asked to donate their time monthly, so ideally about 16 volunteers are needed to staff each market. For more information you can email volunteer@foodforward.org.


A group of volunteers have teamed up with the Torrance Farmers Market to pay-it-forward with fresh produced to the needy.

Non Profit group Harbor Interfaith Services has been picking up enough unsold fresh fruit and produce from the Torrance Farmers Market to feed 40 to 50 people cannot afford to feed themselves. Making those donations possible are volunteer “gleaners” from fellow nonprofit group Food Forward, who pick up boxes of unsold produce from farmers at the end of the market at Wilson Park. The produce is then given to Harbor Interfaith, which, in turn, provides it to families in need.

Food Forward is now preparing to expand the program to the Saturday Farmers Market in Torrance beginning Oct. 18 and in Calabasas starting Nov. 8.

The group already recovers food from seven Los Angeles County farmers markets on Saturdays and four on weekdays.

Food Forward is looking for more volunteers to…

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