A Michigan Charity: Forgotten Harvest
There are some fantastic nonprofit charitable organizations in Michigan and I would like to share some of them with you as a regular feature on this blog.
Americans let billions of pounds of food go to waste every year at home, in restaurants, catering halls, institutions, grocery stores, and in large, commercial kitchens. And with food insecurity on the rise, thankfully, there are a number of nonprofits who have stepped up to rescue this food and deliver it to food pantries, homeless shelters, and other emergency feeding operations.
Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest, Metro Detroit’s largest food rescue service, has vowed to collect and distribute 36 million pounds of food, per year, by 2013! That is nearly doubling its current capacity. Last year, the organization rescued over 19 million pounds of surplus, prepared, and perishable food from caterers, grocery stores, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and other commercial establishments in Metro Detroit AND delivered it to 158 emergency feeding operations here. With the United Way predicting one in four Michiganders experiencing food insecurity by 2013, Forgotten Harvest leaped into action.
“We need to grow, and we need to grow fast”, said Susan Goodell, the agency’s executive director.
The agency has doubled its food rescue volume in recent years to meet growing need. While previous food deliveries were sent to Detroit and Pontiac, trucks now drop off food to places in Southfield, Plymouth and Royal Oak as well. To increase operations, Forgotten Harvest will expand its fleet by at least 14 more trucks, Goodell said. The agency will renovate its kitchen space and expand its refrigeration facilities at the Oak Park location.
From The Detroit News
Last year, the Jewish Law Student Association and Environmental Law Society held a joint bake sale at the law school and raised over $200 for Forgotten Harvest. You too can donate to Forgotten Harvest and find more information at its website: www.forgottenharvest.org.