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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: 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.

Programs: The organization transports prepared and perishable surplus food from health department approved establishments directly to soup kitchens and shelters for distribution to the indigent. A total of 47,934,627 lbs of food was delivered this year.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Khonsavane Maharatboutdy


Rating: 5

I worked directly with their volunteer and event staff and was treated exceptionally well with direction and guidance in a new event

Review from CharityNavigator


Rating: 5

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. Once we arrived at Forgotten Harvest I was able to see the wheels set into motion. They provided an overview, the coordinators (Chef Aaron) quickly broke out the team into sections, and we were off and running. We were a constant movement of hustle and bustle until everything was completed, but what a great feeling. I provided the group with a survey after the event asking what we could have done better, outside of a few things I was responsible for the feedback was 100% favorable, with everyone stating they would do it again. The event was held in the fall and I am helping another leader coordinate our return back this month. Great organization with people who really care!!


Rating: 5

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.


Rating: 4

I coordinated a service project with Forgotten Harvest and the students who participated had a great time! Forgotten Harvest did a great job of explaining their role as an organization and the impact that the volunteers would have by donating their time. The students had very positive feedback about their experience and have developed a greater understand of hunger and how they can help fight it in their every day lives. They also expressed that they enjoyed volunteering and felt that they really made an impact in their community through working at Forgotten Harvest. Many are already asking when we'll be doing another service project with them!


Rating: 5

Forgotten Harvest is the most efficient food relief organization in the country and it provides food, quality fresh food that was destined for the landfill unless they rescued that food. From the humbling beginnings of picking up food out of the back of a 1984 Jeep Cherokee to a fleet of 25 refrigerated trucks they now provide nearly 20 million meals annually. They are the best bang for the donated dollar in all of the US.