Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information
To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. Through at least April 13, the only businesses in Michigan allowed to remain open must be “necessary to sustain or protect life.” Forgotten Harvest is one of those businesses. Also, all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.
Oakland County executive Dave Coulter, and health officials have issued an order that requires screening procedures for employees of essential businesses and implementation of social distancing for employees and customers. For Forgotten Harvest, this means that volunteers and staff will have to be screened as well. Please click here for more details.
Forgotten Harvest prioritizes the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff. We are taking extra precautions around our facility, and we are preparing to respond to increased needs for food related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The impact of COVID-19 will increase the need for food in metro Detroit to assist many children, families, and seniors in the coming weeks. Forgotten Harvest is operating to provide healthy, nutritious food to our neighbors in need. We are currently working with nonprofit, government , and community leaders to implement contingency plans to deliver food in the most effective and safest way possible given these unprecedented events.
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How You Can Help
The economic impact of COVID-19 is likely to increase food insecurity in our community. Closures of businesses and schools could affect lower-income families and people with hourly wages in particular. While all support is appreciated, financial support lets us use your gift to meet the greatest needs. A donation of any amount helps us continue to respond. A special donation website has been created. Click here to donate.
Our Employees and Workplace
At Forgotten Harvest, there is no higher priority than the safety of the community we serve, staff, and volunteers. Keeping a clean facility and following best practices for food safety are ingrained in our culture. Due to COVID-19, we are taking extra precautions, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of our facility. We are following the guidance of the CDC, local and state health agencies.
If You Need Food
Many of our network of over 250 partner agencies and programs remain open. Find a food program here. We recommend calling before you go to confirm hours of operation and requirements for they may have changed recently. Additional help can be found by calling a community care advocate at 2-1-1 to find referrals for food, shelter, medical assistance and more.
Links to Local Resources on COVID-19
- State of Michigan Coronavirus Website
- Macomb County Health and Community Services
- Oakland County Health Division
- Wayne County Health Division
- City of Detroit Health Department