Are your low hanging oranges, lemons, limes or even kumquats and kiwis hitting the ground? Has your yard become a vital source for vitamin C for… coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, and skunks?
The Los Angeles Department of Public Works estimates more than 40 percent of the city’s edible food goes to waste each year. 40 percent.
Mayor Garcetti has issued a Food Waste Challenge to Los Feliz (and those other L.A. neighborhoods) to help get fresh fruit out of our landfills and into the hands of food-insecure children, the homeless, various hunger-relief organizations — even local schools!
Participating in the program sees that your surplus fruit goes to people who truly need it, and you don’t have to fill a bushel or even lift a finger to make it happen.
HOW IT WORKS: Organized, trained pickers bring the equipment, and you point out which trees you want plucked. Then the fully insured volunteers– they are climbing trees after all– go to work. Zip. Done.
If you have surplus fruit and might like to participate in this program, please complete this short interest survey.
Debra Matlock, our Environmental Affairs Committee chairperson, says the fruit-pick program is “win-win,” because the community can even decide where fruit harvested in Los Feliz ultimately gets sent.
Local organizations from across the city who can demonstrate strong community support (“you”) and a fruit filled action plan (“us”) will receive grants to fully implement a neighborhood program preventing food waste, and we think Los Feliz should be one of them.
Sure, rodents need love too, but right now, people need your fresh fruit more. Take the survey and maybe add “humanitarian farmer” to your list of accomplishments.
— Sarah Lynn Tressler