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Waverly Alumna Moves Food Forward

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Dory Bennett, Class of 2012, visited First Friday on October 5 to intro­duce parents to Food Forward, the non-profit orga­ni­za­tion where she now works. During Dory’s presen­ta­tion we learned that Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by harvest­ing fresh produce from back­yard fruit trees and orchards and gath­er­ing dona­tions from farmers markets and the down­town Los Angeles Whole­sale Produce Market. Food Forward sends volun­teers to private prop­er­ties, college campuses such as Occi­den­tal College and Cal State North­ridge, as well as to places like Hunt­ing­ton Garden to harvest produce. The food harvested is donated to hunger relief agen­cies across eight South­ern Cali­for­nia coun­ties; these agen­cies distrib­ute produce to people strug­gling with food inse­cu­rity in our commu­ni­ties. Dory described an orange as the perfect food for someone who lives on the street. It can be stored, lasts a long time, and can be peeled and eaten without prepa­ra­tion. Dory pointed out that many fruit trees in our neigh­bor­hoods produce thou­sands of pounds of fruit, much of which goes unpicked.

Dory returned to Waverly, home of her social justice roots, to partner us with Food Forward. Plans are under­way for her to present to several classes at Waverly, includ­ing the third/​fourth grade class study­ing trees and the tenth-grade well­ness classes. A plot at the farm, specif­i­cally for Food Forward, has been discussed. Dory encour­aged fami­lies to contact her if they would like to volun­teer or have trees avail­able for harvest.