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Celebrating National Volunteer Week Together

As part of our commitment to National Volunteer Week, over 50 Honest employees joined Food Forward in the Huntington Gardens to harvest oranges for a local food receiving agency. In total, we picked over 3,200 pounds of fresh fruit to serve to Los Angeles families in need.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

As a volunteer-based organization, Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste and connects this abundance with agencies across Los Angeles county. From backyard harvesting to farmers’ market recovery, Food Forward recently celebrated their 2 millionth pound of food recovered and served in Southern California.

Join Food Forward and Make a Difference

The Honest Company Joins National Volunteer Week

Because National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective power of giving back, we also want to honor your contributions by sharing your #HonestCares stories. See how your fellow community members got involved in their neighborhoods:

#HonestCares Volunteer Stories

Thank you for working together to make it better!

Inspired to do more? Let us know how you hope to volunteer this year.

We Be Jammin’ with Food Forward

Honest Cans Jams for Food Forward

Instead of pranks this April Fool’s Day, Honest joined Food Forward in jamming class. There, we prepared artisanal strawberry and blueberry jam to help the social enterprise arm of the organization. All proceeds from the sale of these preserves support Food Forward’s mission of reconnecting to our food system and creating change around excess food and urban hunger in Southern California. Our goal was to “Harvest Food. Fight Hunger. Build Community” on this Jamming occasion.

Food Forward Uses Excess Food to Fight Urban Hunger

Harvest Food. The two jam recipes we made called for blueberries, strawberries, and lemon juice. Instead of buying these at the grocery store, we followed Food Forward’s approach to use “seconds.” Seconds is the term used by the produce industry to refer to fruits and vegetables that will generally go to waste due to over-ripeness or over-abundance. This produce is often thrown into the trash even though it is still perfectly safe to eat. The Food Forward team collected our blueberries and strawberries from the leftovers at our local farmers’ market and procured the lemons from one of their backyard harvests.

Fight Hunger with Food Forward

Fight Hunger. These ingredients were then mixed with sugar, cooked, and bottled to turn into an all-natural jam, which would be sold to support Food Forward’s effort of redistributing over-abundant food to local people in need. Our artisanal jams will soon be available as a limited-edition batch for sale as part of Food Forward’s Mother’s Day fundraising campaign.

Building Community with Food Forward

Making Jam to Benefit Food Forward

Build Community. Our Honest team gathered at the Gourmandise School in Santa Monica to learn these jamming skills from a culinary expert, Chef Clemence Gossett. Side-by-side we prepared and cooked the ingredients while learning about preventing food waste.

To share the sweetness of giving back, here are the recipes we made with Chef Clemence:

Strawberry Jam Recipe

Strawberry Jam (yields about 18 4-ounce jars)

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds strawberries
  • 2 1/2 lbs sugar
  • 4 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces lemon juice, reserved

Directions

1. Place the strawberries, sugar, and 4 ounces of lemon juice in a large saucepan (at least 12 quarts). Cook over medium heat until it begins to simmer and foam.

2. Once the mixture begins to foam, turn the heat up and stir continuously for about 20 minutes. Strain strawberries and add it in about 15 minutes into the cooking process. If you feel any sticking, turn your heat down.

3. Once a thick jam has developed, add in the remaining lemon juice and stir for 5 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and skim off foam.

5. Pour into hot, sterilized jars.

6. Immediately put a lid on clean, filled jars.

7. Place jars in a pot of boiling water so the water is at least 2” above the lid of the jar. Boil for 10 minutes and then remove.

8. Safely pick up the jars, careful not to tip them sideways, and place on a towel-lined counter or cookie sheet.

9. Once cooled, put in your cupboard for 6-9 months.

Preserving Jams with Food Forward

Blueberry Jam (yields about 5 8-ounce jars)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. blueberries
  • 1 lb. 8 ounces sugar
  • 5 ounces fresh lemon juice

Directions

1. Place the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a large saucepan (at least 12 quarts). Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until your mixture thickens just slightly. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes.

2. Turn your heat up and stir constantly as the mixture begins to simmer. Once it reached a boil, turn the heat to medium and continue stirring another 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and skim off foam.

4. Pour into hot, sterilized jars.

6. Immediately put a lid on clean jars.

7. Place jars in a pot of boiling water so the water is at least 2” above the lid of the jar. Boil for 10 minutes and then remove.

8. Safely pick up the jars, careful not to tip them sideways, and place on a towel-lined counter or cookie sheet.

9. Once cooled, put in your cupboard for 6-9 months.

And, of course, enjoy them on toast, with a scone, or in a tasty sandwich!

Learn more about Food Forward and how you can get involved.

Make it Better: Join National Volunteer Week

 

As a company, it’s always been our philosophy to leave things better for future generations. And we know we can make the most profound difference if we work together.

For the past forty years, National Volunteer Week has also celebrated this belief — that through our collective service we can address the critical needs of our communities, foster change, and positively impact the nation. It’s a time to inspire people to creatively give back, as well as salute the contributions you make in your own backyard.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’ve launched our Social Goodness Timeline. See how our Honest team has worked to make a difference in our community and get ideas for how you, too, can volunteer. And check out these sources and stories to learn about more opportunities:

We also want you to share your volunteer stories with us! Please join us in giving back during April 6th through April 12th, and let us know how you got involved. Simply share your efforts on our social channels or in the blog comments below by using #honestcares.

We want to recognize what you are doing, so please check back on April 15. We’ll fill you in our day of volunteering with Food Forward. And, as a thank you, we’ll highlight your contributions on the blog too.

National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to find new opportunities to help our local communities. Even a small action can add up to something great. Together, we WILL make it better.

What Does it Mean to Help “Families in Need”?

As a company, we’ve committed — with every purchase you make — to donate to families in need. This means we give time, money, or product to support non-profits that serve a growing number of communities. Because you are the reason that we are able to give back, we want to share the collective impact we’ve made together. And, as we work to quantify the number of families in need that we have helped, we thought it would be useful to let you know how those calculations are made.

Helping Families in Need With Every Purchase You Make

Honest & Baby2Baby Host a Pajama Party

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This past Thursday, we hosted a Dream Land Play Date pajama party with Baby2Baby to serve 40 families from the community. This event served as part of the distribution of our crib and diaper donation. Guests were treated to fun activities in a dreamy setting and left with laundry-sized bags of Honest products, clothing, and books. Cribs were provided for those guests who needed them.

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Upon arrival, parents and toddlers sat down on comfortable blankets and rugs to enjoy a puppet show.

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Next, everyone dined on breakfast inspired foods (including a milk & cereal bar!).

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Then it was on to an arts & crafts project!

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With full bellies and art projects to hang at home, everyone returned to the middle of the pajama party for a musical sing-along.

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And finally, before loading the bus home, each family received their customized bag filled with Honest diapers, wipes, shampoo, lotion, healing balm, bubble bath, and much more!

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Baby2Baby is a non-profit organization that Honest has partnered with for many events to give back to local families in need. The non-profit provides families with essential baby gear and clothing for children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to more than 50 non-profit organizations (including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals), Baby2Baby serves more than 50,000 children each year.

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