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
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
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
Forgotten Harvest is excited to be the recipient of a $2,500 gift from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Local farmer, David Spencer nominated Forgotten Harvest for the donation. Mr. Spencer chose Forgotten Harvest because of the mission and as a farmer, it is easy to relate to the need for healthy food and finding ways to cut down on food waste. Forgotten Harvest is grateful to Mr. Spencer and The Monsanto Foundation – the gift will help provide 12,500 healthy meals for those in need in metro Detroit. Continue reading
2015 was an important milestone year for Forgotten Harvest as we celebrated 25 years of serving those in need in metro Detroit. We have grown and accomplished many things over the past 25 years but there are still many in our community who need our help. In honor of our anniversary, Hour Magazine featured Forgotten Harvest’s work in their May issue – Good Food Continue reading
There are four great holiday card designs to choose from, including last year’s popular “Michigan Mitten” and “Motor City” cards. Three of the cards are designed by Matt LeBarre Illustration in Royal Oak. A fourth card, new to this year’s mix, is “Detroit Holiday Spirit,” designed by award-winning Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson. The Detroit Holiday Spirit card depicts all the great Motor City icons as inflatable lawn ornaments decorating a front lawn. Mike generously donated his award winning talent to Forgotten Harvest for this holiday project this year.
“Each of us has a talent. No matter your area of expertise, nothing is more rewarding that using one’s gifts to help others and to improve the corner of the world in which you live,” said Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press.
Holiday cards with envelopes will be sold in packs of 20 for a suggested donation of $28, which includes shipping and handling. Special tribute cards are also available for a donation of $5 each, which can be inserted into a holiday card as a wonderful gift. Forgotten Harvest cards will provide 140 meals per pack and 25 meals for each tribute card. Last year, holiday card proceeds helped Forgotten Harvest provide over 150,000 meals to metro Detroiters in need.
Cards and tributes are available at www.forgottenharvest.org or by calling Nicky Heins at (248) 268-7521. Please allow five to seven days for shipping.
Share the Love is a campaign that highlights credit unions giving back to their communities and sharing their heartfelt work on videos. The videos are shared to inspire random acts of kindness and give back to charities that are near and dear to credit unions and members. Forgotten Harvest is grateful that Zeal has chosen us to support! Continue reading