For almost 30 years, Forgotten Harvest has fought diligently against two significant problems: hunger and waste.
“We’re dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing food waste,” said Chris Ivey, director of marketing and communications for Forgotten Harvest.
The nonprofit food rescue organization got its start in 1990, setting down roots in the greater metro Detroit area and working within those communities to rescue food surpluses from grocery stores, markets, restaurants, caterers and more.
Forgotten Harvest then delivers the rescued food to metro Detroit families who need it most — those who are food insecure and struggling to cover the cost of basic life necessities.
According to a 2017 study by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, a dramatic disparity exists between the federal poverty guidelines and the minimum income required to pay for basic needs such as food, rent, transportation, childcare and healthcare. In other words, though many Michiganders may not be deemed “in poverty” by official standards, a significant number of people lack enough income to meet the rising cost of living.
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