Forgotten Harvest to raise revenue with help to food startups

October 5, 2014

Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest has launched a social enterprise that’s providing small-scale food processing and co-packing services to food startups and others, while training unskilled workers for jobs in the food industry.

Forgotten Harvest CEO Named to Crain's "40 Under 40" List

October 5, 2014

Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes has been selected to join an elite group of business professionals on the 2014 Crain's Detroit Business "40 Under 40" list.

Champagne Cruise: Filling the tanks of the needy

August 19, 2014

Woodward’s dream cruisers have a need for speed. Metro Detroit’s poor have a need for food.

Forgotten Harvest selects Kirk Mayes as CEO

August 8, 2014

Kirk Mayes, a member of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration and former leader of a neighborhood group, will become the next CEO of Forgotten Harvest.

Forgotten Harvest Turns to Crowdfund Campaign for New Truck

June 26, 2014

Forgotten Harvest, metro Detroit’s only food rescue organization, is turning to crowdfunding to launch a campaign that will fund the purchase of a new truck for the organization.

In the Trenches: "Momma Neighborhood" Feeds Hungry Detroiters

June 10, 2014

When Alberta Hubbard and her husband took over his great-grandmother's purple bungalow in 2001, the neighborhood was a shell of its former bustling self.

"From Field to Fork": Food Banks Start Farming to Feed Needy

June 10, 2014

“Giveaway Day” is underway at In The Trenches, a food pantry housed in a purple cottage amid run-down, burned-out homes and empty fields in a blighted Detroit neighborhood. Gospel pumps from the stereo as volunteers fill boxes with beefsteak tomatoes, lettuce, canned goods, frozen corned beef brisket and desserts.

Tim Allen comes home to headline sold-out benefit for Forgotten Harvest

April 24, 2014

The last time Tim Allen headlined a benefit or Forgotten Harvest, the “Home Improvement” star screened a little film called “The Santa Clause” at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Despite a recovering economy, many in Michigan remain hungry

April 18, 2014

What you’ll find in a common jar of peanut butter depends on the circumstances when you reach for it. Sitting in a pantry among cereal and pasta and canned goods, it’s an unremarkable convenience — an after-school sandwich spread. For countless thousands of metro Detroiters who are routinely hungry even as national headlines proclaim an economic rebound, it’s a staple packed with protein and calories — a main course.

Charity food providers adapt, overlap to meet local demand

February 9, 2014

A decade ago, there was a stark difference between the canned goods and boxed mixes that Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan distributed and the milk, meats and other highly perishable foods that Forgotten Harvest rescued and turned over to help feed the hungry. Today, there's increasing overlap in the types of food the two are distributing in their attempts to meet local demand.

Detroit Lions' Nate Burleson suits up for Walmart Defeat Hunger Bowl to help Forgotten Harvest

January 21, 2014

Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson appears to have an uncertain future with the team, but that didn't stop him Monday from making a pledge to help fight Michigan hunger in the Walmart Defeat Hunger Bowl.

Forgotten Harvest benefits from donated office space

December 16, 2013

‘Tis the season to remember that gifts come in all forms. Forgotten Harvest, our region’s only food rescue organization, received an early holiday gift last month in the form of 8,000 square feet of fully furnished office space.

Holiday cards benefit charitable causes

November 15, 2013

Greeting cards from nonprofit organizations offer a way to spread holiday cheer while also supporting a good cause.

Making a difference: Volunteers harvest crops to feed hungry people in metro Detroit

October 26, 2013

The Free Press and the Detroit Media Partnership partnered with Forgotten Harvest for the Make A Difference Day effort.

A Great Harvest at Tollgate Farm

October 24, 2013

Nothing goes to waste at Tollgate Farm and the gardens there were fruitful again this year, making a big contribution to help area food emergency agencies and needy people. The volunteer food production program at Michigan State University’s Tollgate has been helping with Forgotten Harvest’s mission for years now.

Governor Snyder and Detroit Young Professionals Volunteer at Forgotten Harvest

October 16, 2013

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and volunteers from Detroit Young Professionals helped pack more than 12,000 pounds of food at Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park on October 12, 2013.


Snyder Makes Appearance at Local Foodbank

October 12, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder said Saturday he’s moving quickly to hire a State Treasurer, and will decide “fairly soon” whether to disclose donors to his secret NERD Fund.The governor addressed those and other issues following an appearance at the Forgotten Harvest food bank in Oak Park to promote volunteerism.

Forgotten Harvest Receives Record-Breaking Farm Equipment Donation from Ram Truck, Case IH and New Holland Agriculture

October 9, 2013

 Forgotten Harvest, Metro Detroit’s only food rescue organization, will be able to provide millions of meals to people who would otherwise go hungry in Southeastern Michigan thanks to major equipment donations announced today by Ram Truck brand, Case IH and New Holland Agriculture.

Ram Truck Donation to Forgotten Harvest

October 9, 2013

Ram Trucks partnered with Case IH and Holland Agriculture to donate over $400,000 worth of farming equipment to Forgotten Harvest. Ram Trucks donated a 2013 Ram 3500 ST. Forgotten Harvest is a food rescue organization located in Metro Detroit and provides millions of meals to people in Southeastern Michigan who otherwise would go hungry.



Make a Difference Day volunteers sought for Oct. 26 event at Forgotten Harvest

September 30, 2013

Forgotten Harvest and the Free Press are seeking volunteers to come out Oct. 26 to help harvest crops
and clean the fields at a 75-acre farm the organization operates in Deerfield Township, near Fenton.

Hunger Action Month - Susan Goodell, Forgotten Harvest talks with Anqunette Jamison on Fox2 Detroit

September 6, 2013

Over 50 million people in the United States suffer from hunger and food insecurities. Join us this September. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need.


Forgotten Harvest plants a new mission with large-­‐scale farming

April 28, 2013

Oak Park-­‐based food rescue organization Forgotten Harvest is getting into the farming business with its first large-­‐scale planting this spring on about 92 acres of a Fenton farm that's been in the Moroun family for generations.

Forgotten Harvest Feeds Victims Of Superstorm Sandy

November 9, 2012

A big shipment of food is leaving Detroit Friday and heading east — courtesy of Forgotten Harvest. A 50-­‐foot semi was loaded
with 28,000 lbs. of fresh produce Friday morning and is now on its way to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Near Detroit, nothing goes to waste

October 8, 2012

Volunteers Needed To Harvest Michigan Fields For The Hungry

September 25, 2012

Ripe fields of corn are still dotting metro Detroit's landscpae as summer turns to fall, and Forgotten Harvest wants to make sure none of that bounty goes to waste.

Art Van Donates $1 Million to Food Charity Forgotten Harvest

September 14, 2012

Forgotten Harvest, the metro Detroit organization that collects and distributes perishable and leftover
food, received a $1-million donation Thursday from Art Van Furniture.

Art Van Furniture donates $1M to Forgotten Harvest

September 13, 2012

Forgotten Harvest, the metro Detroit organization that collects, picks and distributes perishable and leftover food, announced this morning that it had received a $1-­‐million donation today from Art Van Furniture.

Commentary: Fixing Detroit's broken food system

June 5, 2012

The food system is broken. In Detroit and around the world, vast amounts of food are wasted while many go hungry. One third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. The number of food-related diseases is on the rise.

Forgotten Harvest Becomes Nation's Top Food Rescue Operation

May 10, 2012

By the end of June, Forgotten Harvest will become the nation's largest food rescue organization, having delivered 42 million pounds of fresh food for people in or near poverty during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

How Do You Like Them Apples? Orchard's Produce to Relieve Detroit Hunger

May 10, 2012

With the support of the Metro Detroit community, a local orchard and Detroit-based food rescue organization are putting a new twist on an old cliché – an apple a day keeps the hunger away.

Transgender Day of Visibility pairs volunteering with community

April 12, 2012

SOUTHFIELD - As transgender individuals measured out servings of caramel for Forgotten Harvest, they talked about their experiences and showed the other volunteers at the large food pantry that they are just like most people - helpful, friendly, approachable, and normal.

Wayne State University students help feed hungry Detroit

April 11, 2012

Paul Reagan, senior lecturer of management at the Wayne State School of Business Administration, and his students have partnered with Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit organization in the metro Detroit community, for the past two years.

Concert to benefit Forgotten Harvest and Macomb Charitable Foundation

April 4, 2012

The Rockin' 4 Hunger 2012 concert event at the Lafayette Grande Ballroom in Pontiac on April 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight will feature the bands Category 5, SoulKrackers and Fade to Gray. Cost per ticket is $55, with proceeds to benefit the Macomb Charitable Foundation and Forgotten Harvest.

Make reservations for Birmingham's Winter Restaurant Week

January 17, 2012

Twenty of Birmingham’s most popular dining destinations will participate in the city’s two-week Winter Restaurant Week promotion Jan. 30-Feb. 3 and Feb. 6-10 with Forgotten Harvest as their charity partner.

Autistic Wyandotte Girl Inspires Others Through Her Compassion

January 6, 2012

Trinity Rain Irby, 11, teaches about autism and caring through her artwork, acting and behavior.

Birmingham Restaurants Partner with Forgotten Harvest

January 1, 2012

Michigan Tax Credit Expires December 31, 2011

December 29, 2011

Michigan tax credits for emergency food providers like Forgotten Harvest will expire on December 31, 2011. Couples can qualify for a tax credit of up to $200 on 2011 State of Michigan tax returns. A generous tax credit is available to businesses as well.  Forgotten Harvest donations can be made online at or over the phone at 888-332-7140 until midnight 12/31/11.

Huge Holiday Dinner Sponsored By Forgotten Harvest

December 22, 2011

On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5 p.m., more than one thousand people, including nearly 700 children, served by emergency food providers across the City of Detroit were served  a meal to remember as Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and Forgotten Harvest present The 3rd Annual Forgotten Harvest Holiday Dinner Exclusively Presented by the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.


Food Banks Lose State Aid-Need For Services Grow

October 16, 2011

Charities and agencies that help people who are poor and unemployed are bracing for what could be a flood of needy people seeking help after state welfare rolls are cut by about 41,000 people next month.

Adding to the dire situation: State money collected to help poor people with heating bills remains in legal limbo, and agencies that help poor people are seeing federal and state funding shrink.

According to the state Department of Human Resources, 43 agencies -- food banks and soup kitchens -- have been cut from Emergency Services funding for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Last fiscal year, they received a total of $1,261,659 in funding.

Forgotten Harvest Tackles Growing Need For Food In Pontiac

October 15, 2011

The task of overcoming that issue weighs heavily on some emergency food relief organizations serving Oakland County.

“We’ve been under added stress for almost three years now,” said Russ Russell, chief development officer of the nonprofit Forgotten Harvest.

Forgotten Harvest rescues usable perishable food items from being thrown out and serves them to those in need.

“The unfortunate thing is while we grow at the incredible rate that we are, it’s not enough,” Russell said.

“It’s very difficult for us to know that there are hungry children that will go to bed to sleep tonight without any food and knowing that we as Americans throw away about 25 percent of all edible food that is really good.”

Russell said Metro Detroit is in a hunger crisis, whether people realize it or not.

Macomb Farms Rally To Help Hungry

October 9, 2011

If there is surplus food available to feed the hungry Forgotten Harvest will find it as we partner with the Boyka/DeCock and Van Houtte farms in Macomb. Great food from great people with great volunteers to feed good people in need. What a combination!

Volunteers Rally To Harvest Food From Area Farms For The Hungry

October 8, 2011

To volunteer for a farm harvest, visit or call  Krista Poole at    248-967-1500 ext 114.

Seasame Street Fights Hunger

October 6, 2011

A highlight video from Sesame Street's newest primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger. This one-hour special, made possible by the generous support of Walmart, raises awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in our country. 1 in 2 children in Detroit face hunger everyday. No one should have to go hungry in our community!


Volunteers Needed To Help Harvest Area Farms

October 1, 2011

Forgotten Harvest issued a call for volunteers for its first annual Community Harvest Days, a partnership with local farmers to harvest corn, beans, peppers, melons and squash to feed hungry metro Detroiters. Harvest Days will be held on Saturdays from October through November.

 Groups looking for volunteer opportunities can find more information at or contact volunteer coordinator Krista Poole at

Forgotten Harvest CEO Receives-Shining Light Award

August 28, 2011

Susan Goodell, president and CEO of Forgotten Harvest, has been recognized as one of the metro Detroit region's dedicated leaders and awarded the prestigious Eleanor Josaitis-Unsung Hero Award. The award is sponsored by the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a group of business, labor and government leaders working for change in the region.

Champagne Cruise

August 10, 2011

Your guide to events at the Champagne Cruise. Hurry! Tickets are still available for the Forgotten Harvest Champagne Cruise event. Purchase them online today!

A Hunger Free Summer For Our Kids

June 23, 2011

Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) are partnering with Charter One Foundation and other corporate and community donors to provide 2 million meals to hungry southeast Michigan children this summer through their Hunger Free Summer campaign. 


Forgotten Harvest Advisory Board Member Honored As Hunger Activist

June 11, 2011

Joel Jacob, Forgotten Harvest Advisory Board Member, was honored by the Jewish Community Relations Council as the group's 2011 Activist of the Year for his work with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, which provides grants to help community organizations feed people.

TMT Racing Drives For Forgotten Harvest

June 10, 2011

Fiat & FIGO Salon Partner With Forgotten Harvest In Fiat 500 Car Giveaway

May 26, 2011

Friday has been renamed to "Fiat at FIGO on Fridays" at the FIGO Salon in Birmingham, Michigan. One lucky visitor to the FIGO salon will win a 2012 Fiat 500. FIGO will donate 10% of all retail sales to Forgotten Harvest every Friday and will hold a silent auction from local business organizations to benefit Forgotten Harvest.

Fiat To Partner With Forgotten Harvest-Detroit Free Press

May 26, 2011

Colleen Peters Joins Forgotten Harvest As Senior Director Of Planned Gifts-Crain's

May 24, 2011

Kroger & Pepsi Award Forgotten Harvest $50,000

May 22, 2011

Fox 2, Urban Farming & Forgotten Harvest Sponsor A Community Garden

May 22, 2011

Fox 2, Urban Farming & Forgotten Harvest will partner to grow a community garden at the Fox 2 studios in Southfield.  Produce will be distributed to Forgotten Harvest agencies.

Sinbad Plays To A Full House At Forgotten Harvest 19th Annual Comedy Night Event

May 21, 2011

Carhartt Outfits Forgotten Harvest Drivers-Macomb Daily

May 7, 2011

Forogtten Harvest drivers will be outfitted with a full line of all-weather work gear from Carhartt. More than $30,000 worth of gear was supplied.

Forgotten Harvest & Biggby Coffee Partner To Fight Hunger In Metro Detroit

April 28, 2011

Michigan Food & Beverage, Salvation Army and Forgotten Harvest Announce Project Hunger Campaign

April 21, 2011

Forgotten Harvest CEO Visits Israel To Research Best Practices In World Fight Against Hunger

April 20, 2011

Forgotten Harvest CEO and President Susan Goodell has ben awarded a grant from the McGregor Fund that will enable her to travel throughout the world over the next 18 months and research food rescue best practices in the fight against hunger.

Metro Day Of Empowerment Volunteers Assist Forgotten Harvest

March 31, 2011

Motor City Casino Partners With Forgotten Harvest-Detroit Free Press

March 9, 2011

400 Area Churches To Partner With Forgotten Harvest-CNBC

March 9, 2011

"RoboCop" Star Peter Weller Gets Behind Forgotten Harvest-Detroit Free Press

March 8, 2011

RoboCop Now Pitching For Forgotten Harvest-Detroit News

March 8, 2011

Northville Art House & Forgotten Harvest To Present First Annual "Reel Michigan" Film Festival-Observer Eccentric

March 6, 2011

Charity Vault Reports On RoboCharity

February 25, 2011

Ag Secretary Announces New Hunger Initiatives

February 25, 2011

RoboCharity Continues To Grow-Detroit Regional News Hub

February 24, 2011

There's Food To Be Rescued For The Hungry-Oakland Press

February 21, 2011

RoboCop & Twitterverse Hunger Warriors To The Rescue - RoboCharity Created To Raise Funds For Forgotten Harvest

February 21, 2011

RoboCop Joins Movement To Feed Detroit Hungry-Detroit News

February 18, 2011

Geeks Unite To Help Feed Metro Detroit Hungry! MTV-Geekweek

February 17, 2011

Comic Creator Ron Marz Helps Support Forgotten Harvest

February 17, 2011

Carhartt Provides Apparel For Forgotten Harvest Drivers

February 1, 2011

It Takes A Community

January 30, 2011

Texting Could Help End Hunger In Metro Detroit

January 16, 2011

Westborn Market Makes Major Donation To Forgotten Harvest-Dearborn Free Press

December 31, 2010

Suburban Ford Makes Donation to Forgotten Harvest-Macomb Daily

December 30, 2010

Shelby Natives Donate To Forgotten Harvest-Advisor & Source

December 30, 2010

Huntington Bank Matching Gift-Oakland Press

December 24, 2010

Walmart Donates Refrigerated Truck-Detroit Free Press

December 21, 2010

Walmart Donates Refrigerated Truck-USA Today

December 21, 2010

Kroger Donates 10,000 lbs. of Chicken-Oakland Press

December 19, 2010

Home Improvement Host Murray Gula Raises Funds For Forgotten

December 17, 2010

Forgotten Harvest Turkey Express-Detroit Free Press

December 12, 2010

Ambassador Bridge & Duty Free Donate to Forgotten Harvest-Oakland Press

December 5, 2010

Chase Workers Target Hunger in Detroit Area-Detroit Free Press

December 5, 2010

Forgotten Harvest Hopes to Feed Thousands This Thanksgiving-Oakland Press

November 25, 2010

AARP & Wayne State University Hold a Food Drive For Forgotten Harvest-FOX 2

November 16, 2010

Forgotten Harvest Fending Off Hunger-Macomb Daily

November 12, 2010

Food Banks Try to Do More With Less - Detroit Free Press

November 6, 2010

The worst part about helping the hungry people in metro Detroit is when you have to say no because there isn't any food to give them, say those who run local charities....

Pistons team up to fight hunger - Detroit Free Press

October 19, 2010

Arts, Beats & Eats raises $351,213 to help local charities - Daily Tribune

October 7, 2010

Festival brought $39M to area
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Citizens Bank announced that a record breaking $351,213 was raised from gate admission, beverage proceeds, the Arts Du Jour charity preview event and parking fees, as well as sponsorships and other festival initiatives.

Detroiters dig deeper for charities - Detroit Free Press

September 22, 2010

Prep rivals line up together for good causes - Daily Tribune

September 10, 2010

Evander Holyfield Announces a Partnership With Forgotten Harvest - Life

August 12, 2010

Holyfield Continues Quest to Reclaim Title in Detroit - Macomb Daily

August 12, 2010

DETROIT — Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield will continue his quest to be the undisputed heavyweight champion in Detroit.

Coalition makes sure kids get lunch all summer long -Oakland Press

August 12, 2010

Lunchmeat and cheese sandwich, pudding or yogurt, piece of fruit, juice or milk.  One boxed lunch down, 500 more to pack...

Champagne Cruise on Aug. 20th - Royal Oak Tribune

August 12, 2010

Forgotten Harvest and Westborn Markets are preparing for their eighth anual Champagne Cruse on August 20th from 6-10 p.m. at the market, 27659 Woodward Ave., Berkley.

All the Belts: That's Holyfield's plan after the fight here - Detroit Free Press

August 10, 2010

Five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will be fighting to end hunger when he headlines a pay-per-view boxing card in Detroit in November.

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