Meetings are the first Thursday of the month
Please join us for our next Board Meeting on Thursday, December 5, 6:30 pm at MLK Park Recreation Center (Western Ave. and 39th St.), 3916 S.Western Ave. We will discuss forming an ad hoc comittee to restore the Hoover Union Triangle Park.
Are you interested in being on the Board? We have openings for the following positions: USC staff or student, Area 2 representative (northeast) and Area 3 representative (south). Please express your interest in these positions at the meeting.
Did you know that Americans throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food a year! We collectively throw away almost 1/3 of the food we grow today, much of it being the fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables that are so scarce at our local food pantries.
There is a solution, and you can help. Food Forward – a Southern California based nonprofit connects the abundance of healthy, locally grown food with those who need it most. Beginning in 2009, they harvested fruit from backyards, parks, and private properties in Los Angeles and donated 100% of what they picked to local food banks and food pantries. To-date they’ve donated over 1.7million pounds of fresh produce to an incredibly diverse array of direct-service agencies, helping to feed over 1 million people in Southern California. In 2012 Food Forward launched a Farmers Market Food Recovery Program, and has since spread to 7 markets city-wide, gleaning produce from farmers that would have otherwise been thrown away at the end of market.
How does it work? First, volunteers and a trained volunteer Team Leader pass out Food Forward boxes to farmers, who believe they will have leftovers towards the end of the market. After the market closes, the team collects the boxes full of fruits and veggies. The produce is weighed, recorded, and then distributed to the food banks.
The City of Los Angeles has developed the Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan (SWIRP) a long-range plan for the City’s solid waste management needs through 2030. SWIRP identifies the policies, programs and facilities that will be needed to reach the City’s goal of 90 percent landfill diversion by 2025.