Got Fruit? Give Fruit!

We are a non-profit group in the San Gabriel Valley that harvests extra fruit from homeowners’ trees and donates it to local food banks.

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Fruit Forward: New Partnership Keeps Us Picking

Fruit For All has formed relationships with many people since my family and friends started picking fruit in 2010. Some of our homeowners have called us three or four times to harvest their trees. After my brother headed off to college, I wanted to ensure a harvest organization would be here to help our loyal customers. Food Forward is the perfect answer. The folks at Food Forward share our philosophy and our work ethic, and we feel Fruit For All loyalists will be in good hands in the coming years with Food Forward.

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Like Fruit For All, Food Forward is a non-profit, volunteer-powered group that picks fruit and donates 100% of it to local food pantries. Fruit picked in San Gabriel Valley will primarily go to SGV food banks and pantries. Call Food Forward at 818-530-4125  or visit its website http://foodforward.org and click on the “Get Involved” and then “Property Owners” tabs to register your tree. Food Forward is fully insured and all property owners receive a tax deduction for every pound harvested. In addition, on the website, you’ll see how easy it is to sign up to join one of our picks. Select the “Events” tab and look for a pick in the San Gabriel Valley and join us.

Happy Harvesting,

Jackson Selby

     Co-founder

     of Fruit For All

Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles

On October 12, 2011, Zach Selby, co-founder of Fruit For All, was recognized as an Unsung Hero of Los Angeles.

The California Community Foundation and The Eisner Foundation recently honored Zach Selby for his extraordinary philanthropy to the community at the 2011 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Awards, an event celebrating the power and impact of philanthropy in Los Angeles.  Selby received The Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Awards to Extraordinary Individuals.  Pictures and video footage from the ceremony are available at www.calfund.org/unsungheroes.


Contact us at 626-359-6666 or

fruitforallkids@gmail.com

40 thoughts on “

  1. I am Founder and CEO of PUENTE Learning Center. This morning I learned about your project from my sister who lives in Arcadia. She said that the two students who stopped by her home were “terrific” and represented your organization very well.

    Through my Center I have made many contacts and may be able to help in some way. Please keep me posted on your project.

    Question……how do high school students get involved?

    Thank you for helping life to be a little better for others.

    Sister Jennie

    • Thanks for your great comments, Sister Jennie!

      To answer your question, high school students can get involved through email, this website, or by giving us a call. Since we are a non-profit, we keep track of their service hours and give them a record of their work.

      Our biggest need is finding homeowners with trees and then getting volunteers to pick them!

      Thanks,
      Zach Selby
      Founder

  2. Zach, I’m a college instructor in Ventura County. Your work is inspiring and I’d like to congratulate you on your commitment to making a difference. I’m going to use your website to inspire my students to make a difference. Thank you! P.S. In November the persimmons on my backyard tree will be ripe and ready for picking. You and your staff are more than welcome should you find a need for the bounty. Sheryl Leonard

    • Hello Ms. Leonard. Thank you so much for the acknowledgment. It means a lot.

      I’d love to come pick your persimmons when they are ripe. Ventura County maybe be out of our realm though; but if you send me your address when your persimmons come ripe I will check.
      Just curious, how did you hear about our organization? We must be spreading the word if it is all the way out in Ventura!

      –Zach

  3. Hi Zach,

    The persimmons are ripe! Yes, it’s a bit of a trek for you so I understand if you’re unable to come out. I heard of your organization through micro-documetaries.com who filmed your work. Contact me should you decide you need/want persimmons. The migrating birds and local crows are having a feast!

  4. Zach, I had the television on for back ground noise and heard a little bit of your project and stopped what I was doing and sat down and watched the entire program. What a great project we don’t have much fruit in Springfield, Illinois. So is there any help I can give to you? If there is please let me know.

    Gregg Donaldson
    Springfield, Illinois

  5. Hey Zach, I just saw a feature of your work on Sunday AM TV in South Florida and thought this is an incredible idea for this location, too. Do you know of anyone in the Ft. Lauderdale area doing the same thing? Thanks, Snorkelatlantic

  6. i think this is a great idea do you know if there is anyone with a program like this in the inland empire? We were just look at our back yard at all the apples on the ground.

  7. Dear Zach, I saw your story on Live life to win and I was very moved by your sense of compassion for others. You truly inspire others to reach out and move beyond their own life and into the hearts and souls of those in need. I commend you for your efforts. My non profit is http://www.livingforacause.org and I so understand your motovation. Keep up the loving work you are doing. Mary

  8. Kudo’s Zach & coworkers & volunteers for doing such a needed community service where fruit that might’ve been wasted is now going to people who could use it as we all know times are tough in this economy. I learned about your organization by watching Live Life Win today on 5/11/13 which must be a repeat since others saw you on TV in May & August 2012 by reading comments. VERY MUCH WORTH REPEATING TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO HELP OTHERS OUT! I live in Dunstable, MA on the border of Southern New Hampshire in a rural town with vegetable & animal farms & even a working dairy farm. I even have a sizable veggie garden of my own. I am thinking of networking with others who have excess veggies/fruits & eggs to help out local soup kitchens. By attending local farmers markets I shall encourage people who have blemished veggies that they can’t sell and people who have fruit trees with “dropped fruit” to donate them as they can make breads/soups/pies/fruit purees to make lower calorie breads etc. If I can just get a dozen to start, then more people will find out about this project too. I shall even visit the farm in Dracut, MA that allows people to grow in thier “community farm” and let them in on what they can do to help out local soup kitchens as well. I’ve also noticed the only school in our small town that only goes up to 4th. grade has a few raised garden beds with just weeds right now, so I shall ask local grocery stores & Home Depot & Lowes stores that sell building materials & veggies & herbs to donate a few plants each and see if the school will let me show some students how to prep, plant, weed & pick the veggies & herbs. If they will allow that, I’ll even ask to teach recipes with what the gardens produce as one of the things the kids would love is fresh salsa & maybe lasagna with “zuccini noodles” & stuffed tomatoes & stuffed peppers! Thanks so much for the inspiration as I am unemployed and have the time now to “give back” to my community!
    KEEP ON PICKING!!! So nice to hear teens do more than texting while driving – LOL!

    • Hi Lisa Marie,

      Thanks for the kudos. It sounds as if you have some wonderful ideas for your area. We have a group here in California that also runs a Farmers Market Recovery Program. They pick up all of the leftover, unwanted fruits and veggies at the end of the market and take it to food banks and soup kitchens. Many of the farmers don’t want to haul the remaining produce back to their farm and are happy to donate it, getting a receipt for a donation to a non-profit. You could definitely organize something like that in Massachusetts. Keep your ideas flowing.

      • all it takes is one good thought to get the ball rolling to help other’s and will definitely take your idea and ask people at farmers markets to help out feeding those who are having a hard time by donating if they don’t want to haul thier unbought fruits & veggies back home!!
        Keep up the good work you all are doing, I am sure it’s appreciated. Hugs…..

  9. Hello, I just watched a TV review of your work on “Live Life And Win” show. Very inspiring. Congratulations on the success of your hard work and perseverance! Prosperity in fortune and friends is your future.

  10. Hello I just happened to be browsing in search engines for donations of fruit and vegetables for my children school in Irvington NJ. We are trying to organize a back pack ( fruits, veggies, can goods) for students family in need. When I saw this link it caught my eye. I just wanted to say good job to you and helpers because every fruit counts and your work is priceless.

  11. Hello from Beijing!
    Hi, I am a volunteer Chinese translator, your story was in my assignment this week, in order to translate with understanding, i googled your name, and it led me to this website. I just wanted to say that your work is super inspiring and awesome, thanks for being such a nice person and bring your kindness to this world.
    Keep up!
    TAN Juan

    • Your comment definitely wins the prize for “farthest away”! Thank you so much for your encouragement. We will certainly keep up the good work since we all do what we can. Thanks.

  12. hello gud day, im involve in a organization also, its a volunteer works.. one of our projects is to give fruits to children of a far flung barangay. they are those children that are not fortunate to taste or let me say that their family are cant afford to buy fruit such an apple, oranges and etch. wahat we are trying to campaign are we’re making a campaign to reach thatt children… im from philippines.. thank ..you.. maybe you can help us to reach or realize what we aim for!! thank you

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