Partners & Agencies

We fight hunger with local food donors and distribution agencies every day.

Together, we’re providing fresh, nutritious food to families in need around Metro Detroit. And saving surplus food from landfills!

Donate surplus food and support your community.

We will gladly accept food donations of 200 pounds or more from food donors like restaurants, wholesalers, greenmarkets, bakeries, caterers, hospitals and more. Our refrigerated trucks can stop by regularly or on an as-needed basis.

Food Donor Resources:

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Please note: We are not able to do same-day pick-ups. Pick-up times cannot be guaranteed due to circumstances beyond our control such as unscheduled call-ins or traffic. In the event that we cannot make a pick-up, we will notify you to make alternate arrangements.

Liability Concerns?

There is absolutely no risk of liability in donating your surplus food. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act,signed into law in 1996, protects good-faith food donors from civil and criminal liability should the product later cause harm to its recipient.

Specifically, the Act provides protection for food and grocery products that meet all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulation, even though the food may not be “readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, size, surplus, or other conditions.”

Join our network of distribution agencies.

We distribute food daily to more than 250 agencies of soup kitchens, emergency food pantries, senior centers, children’s homes, domestic shelters, homeless shelters, group homes, and more. In order to be considered as a new recipient agency, your organization must:

  • Provide service on at least a weekly basis and be able to take delivery of food once a week
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Have a Serv-Safe Certification or equivalent
  • Have on-site refrigeration for storage of perishable foods
  • Be located in or provide service to residents of a high poverty neighborhood

Priority will be given to agencies serving vulnerable populations, including at-risk children, frail seniors, and homeless families. Other factors in the selection process include the agency’s service to high-poverty areas and frequency of service/capacity for distribution of perishable foods. Using Census 2000 data, we can identify, to the block level, the highest concentrations of poverty in the tri-county area. Priority is given to agencies serving the greatest number of families with children in these neighborhoods.

Agency Resources:

Please Note: We currently have a waiting list and are unable to estimate when you might be added. Our Food Program Director will reach out when space becomes available.

We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For more information read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement.

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For almost 30 years Forgotten Harvest has worked to eliminate hunger and food waste in Metro Detroit.

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