Jill Santos will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, to deliver a presentation on local non-profit Food Forward. Santos is an avid outdoor adventurist who moved to Southern California in 2007. She has been working in environmental education and outreach for the last two decades.
Food Forward rescues fresh, wholesome produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Food Forward staff and volunteers rescue more than 300,000 pounds of surplus produce each week from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and wholesale warehouses. These fresh fruits and vegetables are donated to over 300 hunger relief agencies across eight counties in Southern California.
Nearly 40% of food grown in the US is wasted, and yet 1 in 8 Californians live with food insecurity. Food Forward’s simple solution is transforming communities one backyard at a time. All of Food Forward’s events are volunteer-powered, attracting over 9,000 volunteers annually. Food Forward has won multiple state and national awards, including the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge award for the last three years.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.
The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
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