Hi, I’m Andre Yeung. I’m a freshman at Stanford University. The reason why I’m launching this initiative “Fruit For Homeless” with my sister, Ashley, is because I’m personally intrigued about this critical social issue in my hometown Los Angeles.
In the summer before 7th grade when I was about 12 years old, I was an intern/docent for Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. It’s far from home and I got a chance to take a long 2-hour bus ride couple times every week by myself. Many homeless folks, including veterans, were on the same route and we chatted. They were all nice people and became homeless due to various reasons. I wish I could house every single one of them.
Another summer right before 8th grade, I volunteered for the Los Angeles Food Bank in South LA. The communities we passed by while driving were very different from ours. Homeless people were everywhere and houses looked worn-out. We are really fortunate so we would like to help.
Fruit For Homeless is a handy solution we can do with our limited resources.
Hi, I’m Ashley Yeung. I’m a high school Senior. I have always wondered why the homeless people become homeless. Just the past summer, we had several rounds of heat waves. Most of the homeless people only have a tarp, very often a broken one. They already live in an undesirable environment so we want to at least feed them well. They deserve to enjoy fresh and nutritious food.
For a lot of people with a house and backyard, many of them do have extra fruits on their trees. Unfortunately, a good quantity of fruits go to waste simply because people are too busy to pay attention. We’re hoping to educate the community and the next generation, not just about the issue, but also be creative in finding solutions.
We want to let the homeless know that the community as a whole cares for them. Please call or text or email us for picking your fruits. Together we harvest fruit, fight hunger and build a stronger community!
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A nonprofit founded in 2017 and incorporated as 501(c)(3) in 2019, Fruit For Homeless, Inc. is a youth initiative launched by two students/siblings, Andre and Ashley Yeung, from Arcadia High School in California in support of the Los Angeles County homelessness efforts. Through fruit-picking and reaching out to various communities, our mission is to harvest fruit for the needy to fight hunger, build communities, bring social justice to all, reduce food waste, and promote environmental stewardship.
Homelessness is becoming an alarming crisis in the Los Angeles area, with homelessness surging 75% in six years. According to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the 2017 homeless count just in Los Angeles County has soared to almost 60,000 people, particularly in veterans and young people, a 23% increase from a year earlier. 2020 homelessness jumps 13% in L.A. County and 14% in the city, leaving officials "stunned". Current homeless population estimate just in LA is 66,433. This doesn't take into account the almost 600,000 people that, since January, have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
Food waste has been a prevalent global issue. Currently 21% of all landfill volume is food waste, clogging our landﬁlls and releasing harmful methane into the environment. According to Do Something, a global movement for good, $218 billion worth of food is thrown away each year in the U.S. If we recovered all our wasted food, we could provide a 2,000-calorie diet to 84% of the population.