Sarah McFadden via Crowdrise
May 22, 2012
BENEFITING: Forgotten Harvest
Forgotten Harvest - http://www.forgottenharvest.org
The mission of Forgotten Harvest is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing surplus, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers.
Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste.
What we do
Forgotten Harvest rescued 23.2 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus, prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health Department-approved sources.
This donated food—that would otherwise go to waste—is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. The individuals and families served are as diverse as the community’s residents – young and old, from all races and faiths.
Recipient agencies in network
Types of agencies
Emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and domestic shelters, children’s homes, senior centers and group homes.
Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Forgotten Harvest covers 2,000-square miles to feed hungry people.
Number of food donors
Forgotten Harvest operates under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors and a small and dedicated professional staff.
Forgotten Harvest currently transports, on average, more than 1,900,000 pounds of rescued food each month to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters. In FY 2010-2011, we rescued over 23 million pounds of food. According to food industry standards, 1 pound of food = 1 meal, so this is the equivalent of more than 23 million meals per year.
Forgotten Harvest is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is funded by foundation grants, individual and corporate contributions, religious organizations, service groups and fundraising events. All donations to Forgotten Harvest are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Contributions are also eligible for the Michigan tax credit.
We are proud to report that over 95% of the organization’s expenditures were for food program services (est: FY 2009-2010)."