The Forgotten Harvest volunteer program recruits and manages the work of over 15,000 volunteers annually who provide more than 71,000 hours of service critical to the success of the mission. Their service allows Forgotten Harvest to accept tractor-trailer loads of fresh food, often packed in 700 lb. totes, and repack that food into individual and family-sized quantities, making it ready for distribution.
Volunteers in our warehouse also have the opportunity to create non-perishable family-sized boxes from the rescued dry goods we have on hand.
During the spring, summer, and fall, approximately 3,000 volunteers assist with planting and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables at the 95-acre Forgotten Harvest farm in Fenton.
During the summer, volunteers in our warehouse play a vital role making or packaging thousands of lunches that we then distribute to food-insecure children attending summer programs.
Forgotten Harvest’s volunteer program is integral to our food rescue program; without our volunteers, thousands of food-insecure residents, particularly at-risk children and low-income seniors, would not benefit from our fresh, nutritious food.