Food And Drinks

The forgotten harvest expands the operation and expresses the need for volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Southfield (CW50) – Forgotten Harvest is a Metro Detroit food rescue organization serving food-insecure families and families who are struggling to cover the costs of basic living. Through donations and the help of volunteers, they deliver over 100,000 pounds of groceries to local charities 5 days a week. The distributed food is rescued from excess food in grocery stores, markets, restaurants and caterers, while the rest of the food is donated by public organizations or grown on Forgotten Harvest Farms.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Forgotten Harvest continued to serve the community and even expanded its activities to another distribution center. They also opened 17 “super sites” in Counties Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. Each location serves around 700 families per week. The continued expansion of the organization and the growing need for volunteers show that the need for their services is far greater in 2020 than in previous years.

“We will continue to need the support of everyone who is concerned with our mission and can support us …” said Kirk Mays, CEO of Forgotten Harvest, when speaking about volunteers. “… Forgotten Harvest and other organizations really need your help now. ”

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In June, CW50 and our sister station CBS 62, in collaboration with Forgotten Harvest, broadcast Feeding Detroit: A Motor City Meal-A-Thon, a fundraiser to help those in need in Metro Detroit. The show was hosted by Community Connect’s Lisa Germani and featured prominent guest appearances by Kristen Bell, Jay Leno and Matthew Stafford – to name a few. The event raised more than $ 100,000 for Forgotten Harvest.

Speaking of the event, Mayes said, “It was one of our best surprises of the year. The response from the community was fantastic. “

Community Connect presenter Lisa Germani with Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest

Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest, speaks to Lisa Germani on Community Connect about how Forgotten Harvest has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and why they need volunteers more than ever.

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Dusty Kennedy