Donate Food

Donation Benefits   

According to the USDA, one-quarter of the food produced in the United States is wasted while more than 36 million people go hungry each day. As metro Detroit’s only food rescue program, Forgotten Harvest can help your company cut its waste and feed hungry people in our community.

Give a little. Get back a little more.

It costs nothing to donate your surplus food. In fact, you will save money! With less food being thrown out, you will save in Dumpster fees. And your donation is tax-deductible. (Donors are advised to consult with their tax advisor in applying the appropriate deduction.) We provide you with a record of the amount and type of food donated, which you can use for tax write-off purposes.

No Cost. No Risk. A Big Difference.

Your donation costs you nothing. There are no pickup or transportation fees and no special staffing or resources required. Simply box up your surplus fresh or prepared food, and in the same amount of time it would have taken to throw it away, it’s ready for pickup by our professional drivers.

One Day. Every Day. Your Schedule is Our Schedule

Whether your company would like to donate surplus food routinely or as it becomes available, we can ensure that your food gets to the people who need it the most. The vast majority of the rescued food is made up of meat, fresh produce and dairy, some of the most difficult food to get into the diets of hungry men, women and children.

As a possible donor, here are some of the options you can consider:

  • One-time-only pickup for donors who have minimum storage space and need more frequent pickups
  • Occasional/on-call pickup for donors who have excess food less often than once a week
  • Multiple days per week for donor who have minimum storage space and need more frequent pickups
  • Scheduled daily/weekly/monthly pickups

Donate Food

Forgotten Harvest rescues food from all segments of the food industry including restaurants, wholesalers, greenmarkets, bakeries, caterers, hospitals and corporate cafeterias, as well as canned food drives.

Scheduled Donors

Donors who consistently have 50 lbs. of food or more may be put on a truck route for weekly or daily pick-ups. For more information or to become a Scheduled Donor, please call our Food Donor Relations Manager, Larry Weber at 248.298.3427.

Call-In Donors

Donors who occasionally have 50 lbs. or more of food can schedule a pick-up on an as-needed basis. If you have a donation of 50 lbs. or more that you would like picked up, please call our Food Donor Relations Manager, Larry Weber at 248.298.3427. After hours, please leave this information in our Dispatch office voice mail box at 248.268.7508 and we will call the next business day to arrange a pick-up.

 

 

 

 

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