I am one of those people who isn't exerting that much effort on the forest parties. I did just unlock the community prizes, but as someone said earlier, this event in particular feels like we're being set-up to fail (unless we want to pour buckets of gems into the event). That's why I don't really try very hard. I keep reminding myself that this game is classified as social/casual, so I try to play it somewhat casually so I don't neglect my obligations in real life. I will be astonished if we make the food level this time. It's at about 14.3m right now, with only 14.25 hours left. 38m looks mighty far away.
Oh, I also meant to add that I feel like an earlier forest party wanted 125m for the runes, so it's probably just too many apathetic players like me.