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Forgotten Harvest Overview
Our Grocery Food Rescue Project addresses the critical need to get a greater amount of nutritious fresh food into the diets of under-nourished residents, particularly growing children and low-income senior citizens living in high-poverty neighborhoods in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The Detroit area is experiencing a severe, protracted downturn in its economy, with the result that many more families are turning to local agencies for help feeding their children. Many of the individuals and families who turn to emergency feeding programs for help simply cannot meet all of their monthly living expenses and must make the hard choice between paying the rent and buying food or medicine for their families. With the extended downturn in our local economy, we are also seeing an increase in requests from agencies in areas that haven?t typically needed assistance. These agencies are serving families whose primary breadwinners have lost their jobs as a result of the massive lay-offs plaguing the Detroit area. Lack of transportation is another issue contributing to the food insecurity of low-income tri-county residents. In high-poverty areas, particularly in inner-city Detroit, there typically are no grocery stores close by. In fact, of the 67 Kroger grocery stores in the tri-county Detroit area, there is not a single one left within the Detroit city limits. As a result, residents are often subject to the exorbitant prices and poor quality of food items offered by corner convenience stores on the one hand, and the high-calorie, high-fat foods available at fast food franchises on the other. Despite our tremendous growth in service, there are still too many tri-county Detroit-area residents going hungry while large quantities of readily available, highly nutritious foods are thrown away.
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I was the project manager for our company volunteer leadership group and selected Forgotten Harvest based on what I read, and let me tell you best decision of my life. I had no idea of what I was doing, Krista Poole helped me every step of the way while I coordinated appx 100 volunteers intenrally...
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I am a regular volunteer at Forgotten Harvest. It is amazing the amount of food that is rescued and put into the hands of those who need it. It is a great place to give of my time, because I feel that I am personally helping to alleviate hunger in metro Detroit...
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