Mission & History


The mission of Forgotten Harvest is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing surplus, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers.


Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste.

Fast Facts

Recipient agencies in network

Types of agencies
Emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and domestic shelters, children’s homes, senior centers and group homes.

Service Area
Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Forgotten Harvest covers 2,000-square miles per day.

Number of food donors

Forgotten Harvest operates under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors and a small and dedicated professional staff.

Member of Feeding America Charity Navigator 4-star Charity Crain's Detroit Business Best Managed Nonprofit Edison Award