In order to move the food system toward a healthier future, governments, private companies, and civil society groups must join forces to create more food. The Food Forward consortium is led by a group of organizations including EAT, WWF, CARE, and the Club of Rome. Together, these organizations will align their efforts and accelerate action. Food Forward has already begun bringing together all these groups. Food Forward’s initial efforts are proving to be effective.
One of the founding groups, Food Forward, organizes weekly harvests of surplus produce. This produce is donated to food pantries in the Los Angeles area. This initiative works to create community and reconnect Los Angeles to its rich year-round food production history. It also aims to create change by raising awareness about urban hunger and preventing food waste. The Food Forward team has organized numerous events that have helped increase awareness of the problem of food waste and urban hunger.
The program’s founder, Rick Nahmias, is an award-winning photographer and writer who has worked extensively on the food system and its impact on California’s agricultural workforce. He also has experience in the food justice and gourmet cooking world. He firmly believes that nourishing our children at home and in our communities will lead to positive educational outcomes. For this reason, the Food Forward program is designed to be replicable. And in its unique approach, food is an ally in promoting community prosperity.