Forgotten Harvest is one of the largest and most efficient food rescue organizations in the United States of America. The organization rescues fresh, nutritious surplus food and sends it to hungry communities. Last year, they rescued 45 million pounds of food that would have otherwise been wasted; each pound represents a meal enjoyed by a community member who needs it.
Take a look at this video that goes behind the scenes at the Forgotten Harvest warehouse in Oak Park:
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 and domestic shelters
- Children’s homes
- Senior centers
- Group homes
How You Can Help
With your support, Forgotten Harvest seeks to relieve hunger and prevent food waste in southeastern Michigan. Here are a few ways you can help:
Forgotten Harvest delivers an average of 138,000 pounds of food a day six days a week to its partner organizations. You can do your part to help them pack, deliver, and end hunger in southeastern Michigan by joining the Warehouse Crew or the Farm Team.
Forgotten Harvest will accept food donations of less than 200 pounds at their warehouse during business hours, or direct you to one of their partner agencies. Donors with consistent food surpluses of more than 200 pounds can join a program for free weekly or daily pickups. Donors who have occasional surpluses of 200 or more pounds may call for a special pickup on a case-by-case basis.
Financial contributions of every size help Forgotten Harvest preserve and expand their effort to bring food to every table in southeastern Michigan. Whether you’re planning to donate once, or to become a monthly contributor, every penny is meaningful.