Share the Bounty with Forgotten Harvest

Volunteers pack food at the Forgotten Harvest Warehouse

You can help to ensure that every family has food on the table this holiday season by donating surplus prepared and perishable food to Forgotten Harvest. Founded 27 years ago in Metro Detroit, Forgotten Harvest has grown to become the largest and most efficient food rescue organization in the United States.

Forgotten Harvest’s charitable footprint is massive in scale. The organization covers 2,000 square miles, distributing millions of pounds of food to 250 emergency food providers in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Last year, Forgotten Harvest rescued 45 million pounds of food that would have been otherwise wasted. Each pound represents a meal enjoyed by community members in need.

How You Can Help

Donate Food

Did you know that between 30 and 40% of all food in the United States is wasted each year? Forgotten Harvest’s unique food recovery system rescues a portion of that food and brings it to community members who would otherwise go hungry.

Donors with consistent food surpluses of 200+ pounds can join a schedule for free weekly or daily pickups. Donors who have occasional surpluses of 200+ pounds may call for a special pickup on a case-by-case basis. If you have less than 200 pounds of food to donate, Forgotten Harvest will accept food donations at their warehouse during business hours or direct you to one of their partner agencies.

Like monetary gifts, food donation is tax-deductible, meaning that charitable giving can also bring your family or business something positive in return!

Make a Financial Contribution

Financial contributions of every size help Forgotten Harvest preserve and expand their effort to bring food to every table in Southeast Michigan. Whether you wish to donate once, or to become a monthly contributor, every penny counts.

Volunteer Your Time

It takes a village! Forgotten Harvest delivers an average of 3.75 million pounds of food on a monthly basis to its partner organizations. You can do your part to end hunger in Southeast Michigan by joining the Warehouse Crew or the Farm Team. No amount of time volunteered is too small.

Where Does the Food Go?

Forgotten Harvest has 250 community partners, who bring much-needed food to hungry community members of all ages and circumstances. These community partners fill a variety of roles, which include:

  • Emergency food pantries
  • Soup kitchens
  • Homeless & domestic shelters
  • Children’s homes
  • Senior centers
  • Group homes

If you’d like to know more about Forgotten Harvest, or how you can get involved, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


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