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Forgotten Harvest has been a part of the Southeast Michigan community for 25 years. They provide food to the hungry throughout the area with support from over 800 grocers, food distributors, farms, and dairies. The food rescue operation takes perfectly good perishable foods like meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits and breads, and delivers them free of charge to food banks. The Oak Park based non-profit rescues food in the morning and distributes that food in the afternoon to 280 agencies in the area, six days a week. This year alone, Forgotten Harvest’s 35 trucks have rescued more than 48.8 million pounds of food.
Forgotten Harvest provides those in the community with not just food, but hope. Items rescued through the organization help those in poverty and low income to buy food, pay for bills and childcare, and get transportation. Many recipients have minimal resources that disqualify them from receiving government help, but don’t have enough to cover basic needs. This includes those that have been laid off, fallen on hard times, or are suffering due to lack of funds. As one in five people still face hunger and poverty in Metro Detroit, the job is ‘Far From Done.’