Livonia’s appliance experts, Bill and Rod’s, came to the aid of two of Forgotten Harvest’s hard working agencies last month with the donation of two refrigerators, a chest freezer and 300 lbs. of food! “I feel like it is the responsibility of business owners to invest in their community. Many of us have been here a long time, and are able to care for our neighbors. Being able to give these appliances and food is just one of the ways we have an opportunity to support our community,” said Joe Legato, General Manager, Bill and Rod’s Appliance.
Forgotten Harvest partner agencies, Nienas Elementary School in Southwest Detroit and Zion Community Outreach Center in Royal Oak Twp. have not been able to accept all of the perishable food donations that they would like because of the lack of refrigeration and freezer space. Despite the issues with storage, Zion still opened their doors recently to more families who are in need from the Ferndale community. Now, because of Bill and Rod’s, neither agency will have to worry about turning away food and helping the community because of space.
“We have already used it! We were able to store extra meat for parents who could not come to the normal food distribution on Friday. No one went home without something thanks to this new refrigerator. We are so thankful for this grand gift,” said Dalia Churches, Nienas Elementary School.
Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods, MI recently completed Forgotten Harvest’s newly launched program, Coins that Count. Coins that Count, which is conducted in partnership with Vibe Credit Union, is a school-based fundraising program that encourages students to bring in spare change (and dollars, of course!). The grade who collects the most money by the end of the program period wins! All money collected during Coins that Count is donated to Forgotten Harvest. Because for every $1 donated we can provide 4 meals, Coins that Count provides a concrete way by which students can support food insecure metro Detroiters.
During a kick-off assembly on January 12th, Burton students learned about food waste, food insecurity, and Forgotten Harvest’s food rescue efforts. This spurred the energetic students into action, as they conceived of creative ways to raise funds for Forgotten Harvest. For example, a group of 5th grade students held a bake sale in an effort to raise money. The students baked cookies and sold each cookie for $1. In total, they raised $141! As a school, Burton raised $3,402.08, which equates to 13,608 meals. In addition to counting the coins on our behalf, Vibe Credit Union generously provided a $250 matching gift, or 1,000 meals, bringing the total amount raised to $3,652.02 or 14,608 meals.
Coins that Count is a wonderful opportunity to engage young people in efforts to eliminate food waste and food insecurity, and allows them to make a meaningful impact. If you are interested in bringing Coins that Count to your child’s school, contact Jessica Ayoub, email@example.com, 248.268.7522.
Throughout the year, Forgotten Harvest receives hundreds of gifts, intended to celebrate the milestones of friends, colleagues and loved ones. If you aren’t quite sure what to give someone for a special occasion, consider a donation to Forgotten Harvest. People are often so honored to learn that a charitable gift had been made in their name. Sometimes, individuals request that friends and family consider supporting a charity instead of traditional gift giving. “One of the best things about working for Forgotten Harvest is seeing up close the generosity of people of all ages,” said Patrice Boyd, Administrative Coordinator at Forgotten Harvest. “In 2016, a nonagenarian asked her birthday guests to send donations to Forgotten Harvest in lieu of gifts.” Continue reading
If you have ever been to our warehouse, you know the immense role volunteers play in our organization. Over the past four years, as Forgotten Harvest has grown, so has the volunteer program. Four years ago, approximately 6,100 volunteers came through our doors to help; today, over 15,000 volunteers donate more than 71,000 hours of their time. Forgotten Harvest depends on volunteers to repack food, assist with office tasks as well as a long list of jobs out on our farm. Without our strong volunteer program, we would not be able to provide more than 41 million meals to those in need throughout metro Detroit. Continue reading
You have probably seen one of our 34 trucks on the road throughout metro Detroit during your daily travels but did you realize without those trucks we can’t operate?
Our trucks and drivers are the lifeline to the 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs and other emergency food providers that serve those in need in metro Detroit. Six days a week those 34 trucks stop at nearly 1,000 different grocery stores, farms, restaurants and other food suppliers to pick up perfectly good food that would have just been thrown out. Last year, our drivers drove approximately 80,000 miles and rescued enough food to provide over 41 million meals to support the 1 in 6 who face hunger in our community. Continue reading
The Guardian Angels of Guardian Industries helped Forgotten Harvest fight hunger by getting to “The Root” of the problem! For two weeks in March, employees at Guardian Industries hosted a hearty vegetable drive and donated potatoes, carrots, parsnips, squash and turnips. The generous employees donated over 27,000 lbs. of vegetables and Guardian Industries matched every pound donated with $1 – bringing the total impact to $26,600! The donation will help provide 133,000 meals PLUS all the fresh, healthy veggies will make a huge impact to those in need. Continue reading
This week, Delta Dental of Michigan gave Forgotten Harvest a fantastic reason to smile with the announcement of their partnership to support The Healthy Food – Healthy Kids Programs. Delta Dental recognized the connection of hungry children who do not have healthy food options and oral health. To support the work of Forgotten Harvest, Delta Dental made a gift of $237,000 to support Forgotten Harvest’s three children’s programs: School Pantry Project, Summer Lunch Program and Detroit Public Library Children’s Feeding Partnership. Continue reading
What are they and how do they benefit Forgotten Harvest?
Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations where the company matches donations or volunteer hours made by employees. For example, if a donor works for Bank of America and donates $100 to Forgotten Harvest, Bank of America will double the donation by also writing a check for $100. Continue reading
Are your closets overflowing? Are your kitchen drawers filled to the brim? Do you have a garage that hasn’t seen a car since you first moved in? Don’t worry, because The Container Store, the nation’s originator and leading retailer of storage and organization products, is coming to Novi! The Container Store will celebrate its Grand Opening Weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and June 5th. The store will be located at West Oaks (Novi Rd. & I-96). Continue reading