May 3, 2016 Alan Finkel

Food Forward: Harvest Food, Fight Hunger, Build Community

From our neighbor:

Hi Everyone! I’m Susan Wilking Horan – aka Susan Fleischer – married to Mark Fleischer. We’re your neighbors at 169 S. Rockingham. I want to bring your attention to an organization with which I am involved called Food Forward.

foodforward2Now, this wonderful non-profit group has the sole purpose of sending volunteer pickers to properties all over Los Angeles to collect the unused fruit on privately and publicly owned trees. They then box the fruit on site and immediately deliver it to Food Banks and Shelters all over Los Angeles to feed the hungry.

If you have a fruit tree or two that may be in need of attention – and you would like to donate that fruit to a terrific cause – please let us know! The process is easy. All you have to do is call me at 310-395-6142 or email Alan Finkel at [email protected] Then we’ll get the ball rolling and do the rest. This is how it works:

  1. You contact Alan or me at the above numbers/email.
  2. I will come to your property personally to assess how many trees you have and how much fruit needs to be picked.
  3. I will then contact Food Forward. They will determine how many pickers will be needed for the job.
  4. At your convenience, Food Forward will send 2-6 pickers to your property. They will bring their own equipment. The job is typically completed in 1-2 hours.
  5. The fruit is boxed by the pickers on site.
  6. Any loose leaves or branches will be cleaned up and placed in your green recycle bin.
  7. The boxed fruit is delivered the same day to one of over 300 organizations in Los Angeles with whom Food Forward partners. These include the Kitchen Lab, Foothill Unity Center, Seeds of Hope and several Food Banks who distribute the produce to the homeless and needy.
  8. There is no cost to you AND you can claim a deduction for your donation.

Most of us in California have fruit trees – and many of us just don’t use it all. So, please consider donating your excess fruit to this wonderful organization. There are many hungry people in Los Angeles and your donation would go a long way to helping those in need. And, it’s good for the trees!

Thank you Brentwood Park! Thank you all for your time and attention to this important matter. And, thank you in advance for your participation!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sending our best, Susan & Alan


  • FRUIT FOR THOUGHT: Did you know that it takes twice as long to pick a tangerine tree than any other fruit tree? This is because the rind of a tangerine is very susceptible to tearing and ripping. And, once the rind is open, the fruit will spoil and cannot be shipped. Each tangerine must be carefully picked and cut from the tree by hand. No fruit picking poles can be used. ☺