Rudy Morelos, accounting major, and about 20 others stood on ladders to pick the oranges from CSUN’s Orange Grove along Nordhoff Street. “Food Forward is an organization that likes to help out those in need by going to places that are willing to donate their orchards like at CSUN,” he said. “So instead of having the food wasted, it’s actually collected based on the volunteers who show up, and they turn around and give the food to those in need.”
Max Kanter, volunteer coordinator, said that Food Forward is in partnership with CSUN’s department of Sustainability to pick the fruit that goes to 30 different food banks and pantries in Southern California. They plan to return to CSUN to pick more fruit in a couple of months. “Last April we picked 18,000 pounds of fruit and had over 300 volunteers at CSUN,” he said.