Food Forward® to Serve as Official Gleaning Partner of 2023 Global Produce & Floral Show; Jill Overdorf Comments
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - Worried about waste at the upcoming International Fresh Produce Association’s (IFPA) Global Produce & Floral Show? Fret not, because Food Forward®, the food loss and waste solution not-for-profit, will serve as an official gleaning partner of the show. The organization will glean the produce featured at the event and donate it to hunger relief partners across Southern California.
“This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for the Food Forward team to strategically educate the produce industry and benefit from and share the surplus produce with communities in need,” said Jill Overdorf, Food Forward’s Produce Ambassador and industry liaison. “As a national innovator in the food loss and waste space, Food Forward is able to leverage its unique and sustainable business model that recovers hundreds of thousands of surplus produce daily.”
Last year, approximately 196,285 pounds of produce and florals were featured at the conference, a release stated. The large-scale glean with IFPA is a crucial step in Food Forward’s mission to Share The Abundance™ by serving communities experiencing food insecurity while mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by food waste.
Recovering produce at this event highlights the work that Food Forward accomplishes daily, preventing hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce from ending up in landfills. It is currently one of the nation’s most extensive independent produce reclamation and urban gleaning organizations. Food Forward’s 100 percent plant-based and environment-friendly operations reduce bottom-line costs for produce partners by reallocating unused and surplus fruits and vegetables.
Food Forward’s collected produce is distributed to over 340 agencies throughout California, six surrounding states, and tribal lands, providing a long-term sustainability solution and partnership for produce donors and much-needed fresh produce for recipients.
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