About Us

Mission

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.

Established

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

What we do

Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 45.5 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 455 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.  This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.

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 to feed hungry people.

Number of food donors

455

Leadership

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

Harvesting

Forgotten Harvest currently transports, on average, more than 3,000,000 pounds of rescued food each month to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters. According to food industry standards, 1 pound of food = 1 meal, so this is the equivalent of 45.5 million meals per year.

Funding

Forgotten Harvest is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is funded by foundation grants, individual and corporate contributions, religious organizations, service groups and fundraising events. All donations to Forgotten Harvest are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Contributions are also eligible for the Michigan tax credit.

 

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