Of the major U.S. cities, Los Angeles has the most people living in poverty, twenty-two percent of us. One consequence, of course, is food insecurity, and the Laemmle Charitable Foundation is working with a great organization called Food Forward to fight this by distributing donated food that would otherwise go to waste. In fact, there is more food donated than Food Forward can handle; they need another truck.
Here is part of an email Food Forward Founder/Executive Director Rick Nahmias sent to Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle this week explaining how we all can help:
“As you may know, this past February, we had a “soft-launch” of our Wholesale Recovery Program. This new program gathers viable produce donated by vendors from the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and distributes it free of charge to large hunger-relief organizations who it turn distribute it to tens of thousands of people in need every single week. Operating only three days a week with borrowed vehicles, we’ve been able to rescue over 2 million (yes million with an M!) pounds of 90-100% viable healthy produce in just 5 months. That’s an average of 100,000 pounds per week.
- A single $250 donation will allow us to secure one full truckload of 12,000 pounds of produce – at a cost of less than TWO CENTS PER POUND! This same 12,000 lbs will fulfill the produce needs of OVER 200 food insecure families of four for one week.
- The addition of this truck will allow us to go from an average of 6 market runs a week to 12-15 more – in effect doubling our recovery efforts.