Metro Detroit’s only food rescue organization
Driving Hunger from our community since 1990 News fall crop 2007
Your gift goes a Forgotten Harvest moves to new
l-o-n-g way! Oak Park headquarters
very financial contributor —
from young students collecting $3.6 million Capital Campaign raises $3.2 million to date
coins in their classroom to
our major corporate and foundation
funders — wants to be sure that their
announced its capital
donation is making a difference.
campaign to support
We are proud to be the most efficient a new Oak Park
and cost-effective food rescue distribution facility.
organization in the nation. Our rescue/
deliver internal cost is just 16 cents This new 20,000
per pound. Donors and contributors square-feet
to Forgotten Harvest are pleasantly headquarters, located
surprised to hear that 95 percent of at 21800 Greenfield,
every dollar goes directly to our food has nearly four
rescue operation. times Forgotten
Harvest’s former Forgotten Harvest’s new headquarters at 21800 Greenfield Road in Oak Park.
As a result, Forgotten Harvest space for rescuing and
has earned a 4-star rating — the distributing surplus perishable food to the from the Chrysler Foundation and
highest possible rating — from hungry. It provides over 10,000 square- $100,000 from the General Motors
Charity Navigator, America’s largest feet of distribution and staging areas and Foundation. Forgotten Harvest expects to
independent evaluator of charities. includes a commercial freezer and expanded complete its campaign by September 2008.
Receiving four out of a possible walk-in cooler. In addition, the new “At a time when so many families are
four stars indicates that “Forgotten building features a truck dock which will in need, Forgotten Harvest saw the
Harvest excels, as allow large donations of perishable food. immediate necessity to increase our
compared to other capacity to rescue more of the perfectly
charities in America, The new building will be funded through
a capital campaign. To date, $3.2 million good food that is ending up in landfills.
in allocating and This new facility is strategically located
has been raised towards the $3.6 million
growing finances and equipped to ensure we are able to
campaign goal. This includes lead gifts
in the most fiscally grow and serve our most vulnerable
of $1 million from the W.K. Kellogg
responsible way neighbors,” said Susan Goodell, executive
Foundation, a $400,000 challenge grant
possible.” director of Forgotten Harvest.
from The Kresge Foundation, $250,000
We are privileged to have countless from the Nonprofit Facilities Center, Key stakeholders, board members and
contributors who stand together with $250,000 from The Carls Foundation, FH friends were invited to a sneak
us in our fight against hunger and $200,000 from the McGregor Fund, preview of the new location on May 2.
waste. We pledge to continue our $107,000 from Kraft Foods, $100,000
fiscal responsibility by maximizing continued on page 2
each and every donation so we may
3 AFPD Million Pound Challenge results
continue our mission to relieve hunger
4 Holiday Cards are back
in our community through our surplus
food rescue program.
For more information, contact Anna
inside dish: 5
Food Donor Highlight: Panera Bread
Recipient Agency Highlight: Kimberly’s Helping Hands
6 Menu of Opportunities -
Wallbillich, Development Director at 7 Mitch Albom and Time to Help lend a hand
248.967.1500, x 104.
(continued from page 1)
More than 100 guests
attended the Hard Hat
Open House where they
were given a grand tour and
overview of operations.
With renovations complete,
Forgotten Harvest relocated
operations to this new
FH First Vice-President, Bruce Nyberg explains
headquarters in late May. Forgotten Harvest’s food rescue model to guests.
This specially equipped food
rescue facility will suport
the tremendous growth of
Forgotten Harvest’s nationally
recognized food rescue
program while also allowing
innovative new partnerships Posing at the front entrance of the new building
with large-scale food donors. are (l-r): Jackie Sellers, FH Board Member; Bruce
Nyberg, First Vice-President, FH Board; Joyce
If you would like to make a Jenereaux, FH Board Chair; Susan Goodell, FH Ex-
capital campaign gift or visit ecutive Director; Dr. Nancy Fishman, FH Founder;
and tour the new facility, Paul Bringer, FH Board Member; Maggie Allesee,
please call 248-967-1500. FH Board Member; Rob Cohen, FH Board Member.
FH Board Members Paul Bringer, Joyce Jenereaux
and Mark Greenstone tour the new distribution center.
New building brings new friends and in-kind donations to Forgotten Harvest
Forgotten Harvest’s brand new, larger location will bring increased Recently, Forgotten Harvest formed a new partnerhip with The
capacity to rescue more perishable, fresh food and deliver it to the Detroit Chapter of the International Facility Management
children, families and seniors who need it the most. Renovating Association (IFMA), which should result in significant
and owning a new building also brings many new challenges assistance with the new facility, including discounted moving
and decisions to Forgotten Harvest, including such things as services, furniture donations, cleaning services and more. This
maintenance, landscaping and furnishings. trade organization, comprised of facility managers, vendors and
As the nation’s third largest food rescue organizations in the suppliers, was looking to partner with a local non-profit and
country, Forgotten Harvest currently maintains a budget where 95 provide support on a long-term basis.
percent of every dollar raised goes directly towards program costs. Robert Beuter, president of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter
To that end, the organization is committed to ensuring that its of IFMA, said, “We are eager and proud to use our experience
administrative costs remain very low. To do this, we rely on and to help Forgotten Harvest serve the hungry people in our
actively seek out many types of in-kind donations. community.”
Longtime supporter English Gardens provided its expertise
and resources to beautify the grounds of the new location. They
generously donated landscaping design and plantings. And
together with Wilcox Brothers Lawn Sprinklers, the existing
sprinkler system was repaired to working condition.
Aramark Refreshment Services has donated coffee service and
equipment to provide to our guests who visit and to groups who
utilize our conference rooms.
Carpet cleaning service was donated by Chet’s Cleaning.
Mr. & Mrs. Ted Williamson graciously donated a brand new
computer server to better accommodate future growth.
IFMA Board Members (l-r): Robert Beuter, Cheryl Carey, Angelo If you have a service or product that could benefit Forgotten
Torcolacci and Rick Comisky along with their chapter members
Harvest, we’d love to hear from you! Call 248-967-1500.
are working to provide support and services for the new building.
What’s on our plate
Oranges hit the spot
Behind a grocery store, a stock boy-turned-pitcher reaches into a crate
and pulls out an orange. He looks left, then right, winds up and…
SPLAT! The orange smashes onto the open lid of a Dumpster. As the
pulpy mess slides down into the garbage, he reaches for another and
another and another. It’s a terrible waste of good food. And that’s the
This scene is the beginning of the new 30-second public service
announcement created and produced pro bono for Forgotten Harvest
by The Yaffe Group and Dark Spark Media. It also happens to be
based on a true story. Look for it to air on local and cable television It’s “lights, camera, action!” as the
later this fall. crew from Dark Spark direct and
film the PSA.
Million Pound Challenge a success!
In August 2006, the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) issued a challenge to all its member retailers and
wholesalers in metro Detroit to help raise one million pounds of food for needy families in southeastern Michigan. They had a
year to do it.
Today, it’s mission accomplished. By donating their surplus perishable and nonperishable food products to
Forgotten Harvest, as part the One Million Pound Challenge, AFPD members have raised
1,125,992 lbs. of food, the cash-equivalent of $1.7 million donated.
“Our members have always given back to the community,” said Jane Shallal, AFPD president
and FH board member. “I knew they would exceed the expectations of this challenge. We weren’t
AFPD members in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties took part in the campaign and more than 50 percent
of those who participated were first-time food donors to Forgotten Harvest. A new challenge was recently announced. AFPD
has launched a 1.5 million pound challenge beginning 12/1/07.
Big trucks drive out hunger
Engines revving and horns blaring, a convoy of three brand-new trucks arrived with much fanfare at Forgotten Harvest in January.
Klaus Entenmann, president and CEO of (then) DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Americas LLC, and FH board member,
piloted the first truck on snow-covered roads.
DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Americas LLC and Freightliner LLC,
DaimlerChrysler’s commercial vehicle division in North America, donated
a mini-fleet of three 2007 18-foot refrigerated box trucks, including one
Freightliner M2 and two Sterling Acterra trucks.
“We are pleased to assist Forgotten Harvest in its mission to rescue food
and drive out hunger from our communities,” said Entenmann while
presenting the keys to the trucks. “These big trucks have the horsepower
to get the job done.”
DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Americas partnered with Portland-
based commercial vehicle manufacturer Freightliner LLC, to support
The 3-truck convoy made a grand entrance to the Forgotten Harvest. Assisting in the donation was DaimlerChrysler Truck
delight of a cheering crowd gathered at Forgotten
Financial and Wolverine Eastside, a Freightliner dealership in Mount
New Detroit recognizes Forgotten Harvest work to close the gap on hunger
Forgotten Harvest was recently honored by New Detroit with the “Closing the Gap” award for the tremendous contribution in
fighting both hunger and waste, while helping to feed the most vulnerable people of our community. New Detroit, a coalition
dedicated to addressing the issue of race relations, presents the “Closing the Gap” award to an individual, a company and an
organization working to “eliminate disparities and strive to achieve economic and social equity.”
Extra helpings Holiday Cards are back
2007-08 Forgotten Harvest
Board of Trustees
Our Holiday Cards are a great way to show others that Chairman
you support Forgotten Harvest. Cards are $23 for 25 Joyce Jenereaux
full color cards and envelopes (+ $3 for shipping) or First Vice-President Treasurer
$1 each. To place an order, call 248-967-1500. Bruce E. Nyberg Jon A. Woods
Paul A. Bringer Jacqueline Sellers
“Peas on Earth” Klaus Entenmann
Inside: Wishing You a “Peas-ful” Robert Olender
Creative: Forgotten Harvest Maggie Allesee Patrick Nagy
Printing: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Sarkis Mark Anusbigian Peter Oleksiak
Michigan Rick Brockhaus Peggy Pitt
John C. Carter Doris Robinson
Rob Cohen Jane Shallal
Roger Cook Martin Shoushanian
Jack A. G. Crable Jennifer Shroeger
Jim Croce Leon Tupper
John Darin Lisa Vallee-Smith
Marietta Davis Jason Vines
David Hofer Keila Walton
Joe Kearney Harry C. Warner
Mary Kowalski Jacqueline Wiggins
Mitch Albom James Garavaglia
Barry Allen Joel Jacob
Tim Allen Anita Jenkins
Marilyn Beckham George Johnson
“Abundant Holiday Season” David Blatt Alice Osburn
Inside: Wishing you an Abundant Jim Brandstatter Terry Palleschi
“Warm Wishes” Holiday Season Tom Cihonski Colleen Peters
Creative: Versacom Incorporated Jeff Crank Kathryn Reid
Inside: for the holiday season Ed Deeb Marge Sorge
Creative: Carlson Marketing Printing: Blue Cross Blue Shield of David Draper Sophie Tatarian
Printing: Addison Graphic Solutions Irma Elder Tammy Tedesco
Dr. Nancy Fishman Robbie Timmons
George F. Francis III Jay Wilber
Chuck Gaidica Rabbi Paul Yedwab
this season’s harvest Thank you to our generous funders who make our mission possible!
The following foundations and corporations made donations of $5,000 or more:
The Skillman Foundation - $200,000; MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger - $8,000 grant;
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation - $25,000; Sid Savage - $7,500 grant;
The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation - $25,000; Taste of the NFL - $5,360 donation from national Super Bowl event;
Panera Bread - $48,580 donation from Community Breadbox/ DaimlerChrysler Minority Dealers Association - $5,000 grant;
matching grant program (see Panera story on next page); Detroit Media Partnership - $5,000 grant;
Huntington National Bank - $18,865 donation from branch holiday Myrtle E. & William G. Hess Charitable Trust - $5,000 grant;
William G. & Myrtle E. Hess Charitable Trust - $5,000 grant;
The Trustmark Foundation - $10,000 and $8,000 grants;
The Lohnberg Family Giving Fund - $5,000 given in honor of FH
The King’s Sons and Daughters - $10,000 and $5,000 grants; founder, Dr. Nancy Fishman;
Charter One Bank - $10,000 grant; Special Fund of the Applebaum Foundation - $5,000 grant;
The First Foundation - $10,000 grant; UAW-GM Center for Human Resources - $5,000 grant;
The Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation - $10,000 grant; Lula C. Wilson Trust - $5,000 grant.
The Thomas Foundation - $10,000 and $5,000 grants;
Food Donor Spotlight agency Spotlight
Kimberly’s Helping Hands
V isit a metro Detroit
Panera Bread and you’ll
notice something special.
The great smell of bakery
items and the delicious,
W hen the Forgotten Harvest truck pulls up
to Kimberly’s Helping Hands in northeast
Detroit, it’s not uncommon to see the homeless in
fresh food being served of the area and even neighbors come out to help assist
course, but on the counter the driver unload the delivery.
near the registers you’ll Things have changed around the neighborhood
find a small collection box near State Fair Street and I-75 since Kimberly’s
that designates proceeds Helping Hands opened in 2005; and that change
to Forgotten Harvest. On has come by way of job training and after school
the wall behind the register, programs, mentoring, clothing, shelter and food for
you’ll notice a sign indicating that Panera Bread the community.
donates all their end-of-day product to hunger Kimberly’s Helping Hands works to develop
relief organizations. programs that address the needs of the homeless in
Giving back to the communities where they Detroit and to improve the quality of life of those
serve is an important ingredient to the success of less fortunate.
Panera Bread. Co-founders Kimberly Donelson-Bennett and
“Forgotten Harvest relies on the generosity of her husband Rev. Germany Bennett maintain that
our donors - both food and financial,” said Joyce changes are needed in our community if we are to
Jenereaux, Board Chair. “Panera Bread is a rare provide the best possible future for the generations
combination of both,” to follow. “We also know that change must begin
with us,” Donelson-Bennett said. “We all have a
Panera Bread has been committed to serving responsibility to become leaders in our community.”
their local communities since its founding in
1981. Their “Operation Dough-Nation®” program With changes, come new chances.
serves to address four major activities: Community The Bennetts lead by example. Shortly after they
Breadbox™ cash collection boxes (Panera Bread purchased their facility, they stopped by one evening
matches the donations 50 cents on the dollar); and found a handicapped man loitering outside the
Panera/SCRIP gift card fund-raising; participation building. He claimed he was watching it for his aunt
in community events; and Day-End Dough- who owned it. He was a bit startled and embarrassed
Nations™. when they told him they were in fact the owners and
he started to roll his wheelchair away. The Bennetts
Since 2000, Forgotten Harvest has been the most called him back and offered him the same job he’d
significant Day-End Dough-Nation™ partner for been pretending to do and he graciously accepted.
southeastern Michigan Panera Bread locations,
and recently hit the million pound donation of To fully understand the circumstances and plight
food this summer. of the people they serve, they’ve even spent weekends
on the streets in the cold harsh winter along side the
Across America, the Day-End Dough-Nation homeless.
program works to deliver thousands of unsold
With the help of Forgotten Harvest, Kimberly’s
breads, bagels and pastries to local non-profit, tax-
Helping Hands serves 150 clients each week through
exempt organizations that help feed the needy.
their pantry. Every Sunday they serve 100 free hot
At the end of each day, representatives from
lunches to anyone who shows up. Over the past two
participating organizations pick up donations at years that Kimberly’s Helping Hands has been a
the bakery-cafes and deliver them to food pantries, Forgotten Harvest recipient agency, they’ve received
shelters and soup kitchens. 200,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious food.
In addition to supplying food donations, over “If it wasn’t for Forgotten Harvest, we wouldn’t be
the past several years, southeast Michigan Panera able to provide things like fresh produce or dairy,”
Bread stores have raised more than $237,000 said Donelson-Bennett, co-founder of Kimberly’s
(including Panera’s donation match) for Forgotten Helping Hands. “We wouldn’t be able to serve and
Harvest through the Community Breadbox™ cash accomplish what we have so far without them.”
Things are changing. And that’s a good thing.
menu of Opportunities . . .
Our supporters are our supporters because they truly believe in the mission of Forgotten Harvest. They
believe there is a solution to ending hunger and waste in our community. And they believe that the
solution begins with Forgotten Harvest. Because our mission resonates to so many, we receive daily
calls and emails from students, individuals, groups, clubs and businesses asking, “How can I/we help
We’ve gathered some ideas and projects that are easy and fun. Whether you’re just one person or a team,
remember, no effort is too big or too small! Please take a moment and review the “menu” for numerous
ways you or your company or group can support Forgotten Harvest. Every dollar donated provides six meals
to those in need.
THANK YOU for your kind support!
Third-Party Events Forgotten Harvest Events:
Name Forgotten Harvest beneficiary for your next event. From a 16th Annual Comedy Night - April 2008 (Location TBD)
simple Jeans Day collection at the office (collect money from co-work- Our signature event is an annual favorite of our sponsors and sup-
ers to wear jeans to work) to a golf outing or dance, third-party events porters. Local funnyman Tim Allen, a founding friend to Forgotten
are a great way to get involved and create awareness for Forgotten Harvest, headlined at the first Comedy Night in 1992. Since then,
Harvest. We are happy to assist you in any way we can, from providing many nationally recognized comic acts have followed in his footsteps
a speaker, banners, video or brochures. to deliver countless laughs and much needed support for Forgotten
Harvest. This event has raised over $2.1 million since its inception.
Souper Bowl of Caring® - February 3, 2008
Champagne Cruise 2008 - August 15, Westborn Market, Berkley
Youth from congregations and
The premier Woodward Dream Cruise Preview Party is a sell-out
schools use large soup pots
event each year. It’s an elegant, casual evening of chilled champagne,
to receive donations the week
live Motown music, a taste fest of delicious food from the best area
before or the Sunday morn-
restaurants and plenty of classic car watching. Champagne Cruise
ing of the Super Bowl football
has grown year after year and our guests will agree, it’s a party that
game. Every dollar raised is then
can’t be missed!
donated to a local hunger-re-
lated agency. Involvement teaches young people that they can make a For sponsorship levels or ticket information for either event, contact
positive difference in the lives of others. For more information on this Monica Luoma at 248-967-1500 x102
opportunity, please visit www.souperbowl.org or call Stephanie Fries at
248.967.1500 x 115. www.goodsearch.com
An easy way to help Forgotten Harvest is through a new search
Out to End Hunger Campaign - May, 14, 2008 engine powered by Yahoo! called GoodSearch. GoodSearch will
make a donation to your favorite charity or school with every search.
What if metro Detroit donated the money they spent on lunch
It doesn’t cost you a thing — the money comes from the advertisers.
for one day to Forgotten Harvest? This one-day initiative started For instance, if 1,000 people used GoodSearch for two Internet
by Forgotten Harvest is an easy searches per day, in one year, they will have earned $7,300 for
community service project for your Forgotten Harvest! No effort, great results.
office, group or school. This is your
The more people who use this site, the more money will go to
chance to get creative, have fun with
those in need. So please spread the word to your friends and family.
your co-workers and friends, and make
Visit: www.goodsearch.com and follow the directions to add it to
a difference in the lives of hungry your search toolbar.
families in our community. Our last
event raised over $12,000 in one day!
Double Your Dollars!
www.giftback.com Employee Match Contributions
Shop and give back to Forgotten Harvest ...it doesn’t get easier than You can double or triple your gift to Forgotten Harvest if you or
this! Visit www.giftback.com and shop their site for fresh flowers, your spouse work for one of over a thousand companies!
gourmet gift baskets, branded items, electronics and much more. They Check with your HR department to find out if your company
will donate 10% of every purchase when you select Forgotten Harvest has a matching gift program. If your company has a matching gift
as your designated charity at checkout. From corporate gifts to special program, you can obtain a matching gift form from your employer.
occasions, shopping just got better! Forms should be available from the human resources department.
Just fill out the form according to guidelines and send to us with
6 your donation.
Did you know that Forgotten Harvest runs the largest grocery store rescue project in the nation?
Over the past five years, our grocery store rescue project has grown from six grocery stores to 140. That’s an increase of
2,265%! Included in our grocery store rescue project are metro Detroit Kroger stores
in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties (74 locations). Other food
donors in the project include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods,
Nino Salvaggio Markets, Hollywood Markets,
Gordon Food Services, Aldi’s, Busch’s
Markets, and Plum Market.
You say tomato . . .
This summer, Forgotten Harvest partnered with Great Northern Hydro-
ponics, a Soave Enterprises company, to rescue tomatoes. Lots of toma-
toes! To date, we have rescued over 157,000 pounds of beautiful, nutritious
tomatoes. They arrive to our building in large boxes, requiring volunteers
to re-package them into smaller boxes for easier distribution to all our
A recent re-packaging project was completed thanks to Mitch Albom (FH
Advisory Board Member) and his community service project “A Time to
Help,” which encourages volunteerism. Thirty-five volunteers of all ages
and backgrounds accepted the invitation from Albom to volunteer their
time at Forgotten Harvest for a few hours. The volunteers, led by Albom,
re-packaged approximately 17,000 pounds of tomatoes in record time!
THANK YOU to everyone who gave of their time to help us transport this
Mitch Albom (right) rallied a troup of volunteers to food to those who need it most.
Forgotten Harvest to help re-package tomatoes.
Forgotten Harvest to assist with Las Vegas food
FH launches new website bank start-up
thanks to Chrysler! America’s Second Harvest food rescue facility in Las Vegas.
Look for a brand new Forgotten Harvest (A2H), the nation’s largest hun- This November Paul Cooper,
ger-relief organization with a FH Food Program Liaison, will
website to launch this November. Visitors
network of 200 food banks and travel to Las Vegas to lend a hand
will be able to make online donations,
food rescue organizations includ- in developing the new warehouse
ing Forgotten Harvest, has asked and operations.
event tickets, www.forgottenharvest.org for our assistance and expertise in “We are honored to be rec-
perishable food rescue operations ognized for our knowledge and
opportunities and with a new food bank in Las Vegas, initiatives in food rescue opera-
learn more about Nevada. tions, ” said Susan Goodell, FH
our food rescue Three Square, a hunger relief Executive Director. “But we are
operation. The organization serving Southern Ne- especially honored to have the
new site is made vada, and A2H plan to open a col- opportunity to assist in any way
possible through a laborative organization to offer a possible to help with a project
generous gift from food bank, community kitchen and that is so desperately needed.”
Chrysler LLC. 7
Forgotten Harvest Non-Profit Org
21800 Greenfield Road US Postage
Oak Park, MI 48237 PAID
Permit No. 196
Phone: (248) 967.1500
Fax: (248) 967.1510
Driving hunger from our community since 1990
For all the freshest information,
visit our website at: www.forgottenharvest.org
YOU a seat!
Comedy Night - April 2008
For more details, visit www.forgottenharvest.org or call 248-967-1500