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Free Food Collective

We recover perfectly good produce that's destined for landfills and deliver it to unhoused folks living in West LA instead. Email [email protected] to get involved.

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Incognito

$1,000 USD since Dec 2021

2
Brian

$1,000 USD since Mar 2022

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Mike

$700 USD since Dec 2021

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Mutual Aid LA

$400 USD since Jan 2022

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Denise and John

$200 USD since Nov 2021

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Guest

$200 USD since Dec 2021

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Nina Frazier Hansen

$200 USD since Mar 2022

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Mar Vista Voice

$150 USD since Dec 2021

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Margot Zack

$100 USD since Nov 2021

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$70 USD since Dec 2021

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Erin

$50 USD since Dec 2021

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Olga

$35 USD since Nov 2021

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Ndindi Kitonga

$30 USD since May 2021

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PD

$25 USD since Mar 2022

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Nicolas Martin Gardner

$20 USD since Dec 2021

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$10 USD since Dec 2021

Free Food Collective is all of us

Our contributors 21

Thank you for supporting Free Food Collective.

Ndindi Kitonga

Admin

$30 USD

Incognito

$1,000 USD

Brian

$1,000 USD

Mike

Supporter

$700 USD

Mutual Aid LA

$400 USD

Denise and John

$200 USD

Guest

$200 USD

Nina Frazier ...

$200 USD

About


Welcome to Free Food Collective. 

We are abolitionists fighting for food justice in LA.

Globally, 30-40% of all food is sent to landfills, where it emits methane gas (84x more potent than CO2!). Meanwhile 38 million people experienced hunger in the US in 2020. This is a humanitarian crisis and environmental disaster. We work to stop this on a local level by recovering excess food in LA and giving to people who need it instead. Since we started this project in May 2021, we have recovered over 10,000 pounds of fresh food.

Our work.

Volunteers pick up extra produce from local farmers markets, and then we sort them into grocery bags for our neighbors. Transportation is a huge hurdle for unhoused folks, so we deliver the grocery bags directly to their encampments. We give fruit to folks who do not have access to cookware and vegetables for those that cook. We currently serve approximately 15 different encampments of various sizes all throughout West LA. 

Mission.

Our ultimate goal is to end the commodification of our survival needs: food, water, housing. We reject a society that values profits over human needs. We do not accept that food is being sent to landfills, which are situated next to our poorest communities, while our city officials continuously leave our unhoused neighbors without access to food and the resources they need to survive.

How we plan to use our funds.

1. Expanding our efforts.
We plan to expand our efforts to recover more food, in particular prepared food. To do this, we will need access to cold storage, a repackaging kitchen, and to-go supplies.

2. Purchasing survival supplies.
Hot plates, crock pots, shelf-stable food, cooking supplies, tents, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene kits, harm reduction supplies, etc. We prefer gently used second hand items for household items and clothing. Please email us to donate yours.

3. Maintaining our current work and supporting our volunteers.
We currently are able to self-sustain on very little to no money, using all donated materials. However, with the rising cost of gas, we would like to support our volunteers by reimbursing them for the gas they use when picking up and delivering produce.


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News from Free Food Collective

Updates on our activities and progress.

Over 15,000 pounds diverted from landfills!

Milestones We will hit our one year anniversary at the end of next month, so we wanted to take a little time to reflect on some milestones we recently hit! As of right now, we have diverted a total of 16481...
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Published on May 4, 2022 by Brett (she/her)

End of the Year Recap

Hello friends, As we close out our first year in food recovery, we wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your generous donations. As a small mutual aid organization with big dreams of expansion, we really appreciate your monetary sup...
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Published on December 17, 2021 by Brett (she/her)

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+$25.00USD
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+$10.00USD
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+$5.00USD
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Today’s balance

$2,785.87 USD

Total raised

$3,850.73 USD

Total disbursed

$1,064.86 USD

Estimated annual budget

$5,101.51 USD