est st Harvest Metro Detroit’s only food rescue organization Driving Hunger from our community since 1990 News spring crop 2008 Crain’s Detroit Business names Forgotten Harvest Best-Managed Nonprofit Recipe for In the nonproﬁt world, success is JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup: measured through ﬁscal responsibility, improved efﬁciencies, and increased 1 rusty, old car that’s seen better days services. Receiving public recognition Handful of dedicated volunteers for those things is the greatest willing to work evenings and weekends distinction there is. Bunch of donated car parts and Crain’s Detroit Business awarded that services by generous individuals distinction to Forgotten Harvest when it and businesses named us the Best-Managed Nonproﬁt 10,000 rafﬂe tickets (December 24, 2007). 1 lucky winner The publication has identiﬁed the best- 1 grateful charity managed nonproﬁts in metro Detroit for the past 18 years. It focused this year’s Blend ingredients together for competition on nonproﬁts that exhibited several months. Work together until car is transformed into a improved operations and delivery of collectible, classic vehicle and services. rafﬂe tickets have been completely Forgotten Harvest was honored distributed. Enjoy! with the award for “doing more with Serves: Thousands of metro less, diversifying its sources of food BILL PUGLIANO Detroiters in need. donations, working with a number of Since Executive Director Susan Goodell joined Forgotten Harvest six years ago, nonproﬁt and for-proﬁt agencies and food distribution has increased by serving as a national model for food Get your motor running! rescue operation.” 7.5 million pounds. We are very excited to have been As the best-managed nonproﬁt of 2007, Forgotten Harvest received a selected as the beneﬁtting charity for cash prize of $2,000 from Crain’s Detroit Business and Gary Dembs, JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup Project! president of the Non-Proﬁt Personnel Network in Southﬁeld and one of Since its inception ﬁve years ago, the the panel judges. Stone Soup Project has raised nearly $1 Read the entire article at www.crainsdetroit.com (keyword: Forgotten Harvest). million for local Detroit charities. It all starts when someone donates – in many cases – a shell of a vehicle. And 3 Volunteer proﬁle: Rick Johnston carries the load then someone donates an engine, a 4 Capital Campaign donors help move more meals company donates a new grill, a group of mechanics offer to spend nights and inside dish: 5 6 “The harvest that wasn’t forgotten” Salute to our food donors weekends putting it all together. 7 Extra special events Continued on page 2 STONE SOUP Continued from page 1 Over the course of a few short months, that shell is transformed into a ride any car enthusiast would envy. Rafﬂe tickets are sold for $25 each and the proceeds go to a local charity. This year that charity is Forgotten Harvest and the car to be restored is a 1969 Camaro donated by Darrell Thibeault of Garden City, Michigan. It may not look like much now, but when the drawing takes place on August 15, it will look amazing! You can watch the transformation occur at: http://www.stonesoup.wcsx.com/ Tickets are on sale now at www.forgottenharvest.org. You may also purchase tickets at the WCSX appearances - where the Camaro may even be on display - listed below or at the Forgotten Harvest ofﬁces Monday through Friday between 9 am – 5 pm. WCSX’s morning co-host Lynne Woodison unveils the If you’d like to contribute to this year’s Stone Soup project ‘69 Camaro at Autorama in March. through an in-kind donation of a product or service, please contact WCSX’s Jim O’Brien at 248-586-2937 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ABOUT STONE SOUP: Stone Soup Events & Appearances: In 2003, WCSX’s morning show hosts, JJ & Sun, May 4 10 am - 4 pm GM Tech Center Car Show, Warren Lynne, spearheaded one of the most popular Sat, June 14 12 - 6 pm Gratiot Cruise, Eastpointe fundraising efforts in Detroit radio history. Fri, June 27 12 - 9 pm Stars & Stripes Festival, Mt. Clemens JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup Project™ was Sat, June 28 12 - 9 pm Stars & Stripes Festival, Mt. Clemens inspired by the old stone soup fable where Sun, June 29 12 - 6 pm Stars & Stripes Festival, Mt. Clemens everyone throws something in the pot to make Sat, July 26 12 - 6 pm Telegraph Cruise, Redford a great meal. Stone Soup harnesses the Sat, July 26 12 - 6 pm Telegraph Cruise, Taylor generosity and ingenuity of WCSX listeners from around the Detroit area to work together Sun, August 3 12 - 6 pm Gratiot Cruise, Clinton Township for a common cause… to build a rockin’ classic Fri, August 15 7 - 8 pm CAR GIVEAWAY car that will raise lots of money for charity! “Rockin’ on the Riverfront” show at the GM Renaissance Center, Detroit Our THANKS to the following for making the Stone Soup Project restoration possible: Gentile’s Collision Monahan Towing Glendale Auto Parts Sherman & Associates Michigan Sand Blasting Inc. Darrell Thibeault START FINISH NOW Camaro Concept by David Ross 2 a craving to do more Rick Johnston helps carry the load for our Campaigns aim to add more drivers as a volunteer Harvest Helper. food donors Following the success of the Million Pound Challenge issued last year, the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers has launched the 1.5 Million Pound Challenge for this year. The year-long campaign targeting AFPD member retailers and wholesalers will encourage ongoing and new donations of BRETT MOUNTAIN surplus food to Forgotten Harvest. How did you get involved with FH? AFPD members donated 1,125,992 pounds My wife and I ﬁrst attended Comedy Night about 14 of food last year. Our thanks to Jane years ago. We both believe in the mission and have Shallal, AFPD president and FH board supported FH ever since. member and her team for their ongoing support and commitment. How long have you been a volunteer with FH? I have been a volunteer for about a year. Last The Michigan Food & Beverage March (2007), we were invited to the FH ofﬁce for a tour and to meet with the staff. I was told I was Association (MFBA) has teamed welcome to volunteer so I committed to two days a up with Forgotten Harvest and the week. Salvation Army for a special initiative called Project Hunger, formed to What do you enjoy about your volunteer job at FH? organize and facilitate the donation of I think everybody who works at FH values the surplus food. service it provides. I enjoy meeting the food donors and workers at the agencies. It is a privilege to be In addition to targeting their own treated as a valued friend in the many churches, members, the MFBA plans to work in conjunction with vendors pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies. at Eastern Market and the Detroit Association of Grocery Manufacturers’ Representatives to expand efforts. Would you recommend others to become a Harvest Helper? “Project Hunger will allow us to greatly expand our ability to serve If you have the time, physical strength and energy, the needy and hungry in our community,” said Ed Deeb, president I would recommend you become a Harvest Helper. of MFBA and FH advisory board member. “We urge all food and It is an excellent way to demonstrate your affection beverage companies to assist us in Project Hunger.” for this area. You will appreciate the new people you meet and you’ll visit new places. Lastly, you will actively help hundreds of people every day. Any special experiences during your volunteer time with FH? Forgotten Harvest partners with 139 emergency food providers Every now and then I am unexpectedly astounded throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Our commitment by one of our visits. Once at Fort Street Presbyte- does not end with delivering the food they then distribute to their rian Church in Detroit, I asked someone if I could see the main church. It is gorgeous! It was built in clients. We work together with them to ensure they are practicing safe 1870 and is as great a church as I have seen any- food handling and to assist them with their distribution needs. where. At the South East Michigan Indian building Thanks to a grant by Kraft Foods, Forgotten Harvest was able to provide in Centerline, Dean Logan, a Native-American artist refrigerators and freezers to 12 of our partner agencies: painted murals depicting Michigan and Native- American themes. Majestic! At Kimberly’s Helping Christian Gospel Centers Soul Seekers Outreach Hands on State Fair, the pastor gave us a tour and Christland Community Outreach Safe Center the ﬁnish carpentry is amazing. Church of God Prophecy Salvation Army - Brightmoor Have a free day available (Mon-Fri) to volunteer Full Gospel Open Door Salvation Army - Dearborn Heights as a Harvest Helper? Hartford Agape House T.C. Simmons Call our ofﬁce at 248-967-1500 to schedule. Lovejoy COGIC 12th St. Missionary Baptist Church It will be a ride you’ll never forget! 3 Extra helpings capital campaign update The outstanding generosity of our donors has given Forgotten Harvest the specially W.K. Kellogg Foundation $1,000,000 The Carls Foundation $550,000 designed and equipped headquarters needed The Kresge Foundation $400,000 to support our growing program. Nonprofit Facilities Center $250,000 McGregor Fund $200,000 Kraft Foods $107,129 The Chrysler Foundation $100,000 Daimler Financial Services Americas $100,000 General Motors Foundation $100,000 $50,000-$99,999: $10,000-$24,999: Advance Packaging Technologies We are extremely grateful for Bob & Maggie Allesee ArvinMeritor John & JoAnne Carter this new home, which gives us the Klaus & Kathrin Entenmann David & Jennifer Fischer capacity to rescue much more fresh The King’s Daughters and Sons, Inc. Grand Sakwa Properties The Kroger Company James & Nancy Grosfeld food and distribute it to those who John & Michelle Hopkins need it the most. Huntington National Bank $25,000-$49,999: Steven Kalt Tim Laney & Gail Halliday Comerica $5,000-$9,999: LaSalle Bank DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Lombardo Management Harold & Penny Blumenstein Foundation Bill & Cathie Larkin MJC Homes David & Nancy Draper Ed Levy National City Bank Nancy & Stephen Grand Philanthropic Fund Michael & Peggy Pitt Bruce & Kathy Nyberg Joyce Jenereaux Anthony L. Soave Robert & Anne Olender George G. Johnson Richard & Ann Casey Rohr Bob & Wally Klein Larry & Janis Shulman Michigan CAT Jeffrey & Lisa Smith Phil &Alice Osburn Marjorie Sorge & Ed Lapham Ralph L. & Winifred Polk Foundation Jason & Betsy Vines Jack A. & Aviva Robinson Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Company Stephen & Beth Swartz We are also grateful for 109 gifts made in amounts less than $5,000 which total $95,683. 4 the harvest that wasn’t forgotten From food line to front desk. Making the connection with Forgotten Harvest P eople would be surprised looking at Krista Poole today to know that a few short months ago, she was in trouble. Laid off from her job, waiting for unemployment compensation, and denied assistance by the Family Independence Agency (FIA), the single mom raising two young children couldn’t put food on her table. Armed with only a short list of emergency food for Forgotten Harvest to pick up surplus food and providers given to her by FIA, she contacted deliver it to local shelters, soup kitchens and pantries. the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (a Forgotten She admitted to him that she was in fact receiving Harvest partner agency) for help. food assistance from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The next day, she was at the soup “I deliver to them all the time,” he told her. kitchen’s warehouse where she She made the connection. received two boxes containing fresh That food, that wonderful food that fed vegetables, meats and milk as well herself and her two babies could very as bread, peanut butter, juice, well have been provided through and canned goods. Forgotten Harvest and delivered When she brought the food by her uncle. home, she broke down in tears. Her three- Coming full circle year-old daughter She began asking Kamaria asked, questions about “Mommy? What’s Forgotten Harvest and the matter?” Krista if there were any job explained to her, “We openings. Eugene told her didn’t have any food and now about an an administrative we do.” position that was available. The changing face of hunger She wasted no time researching the Forgotten Harvest website and It’s no surprise that with the spiraling learning all she could about this economic changes facing our region, the organization. This was her job. She profile of the person standing in a food line at a knew it. Having been on the receiving line soup kitchen or pantry has changed as well. for food, the experience transformed her Standing in those lines are people just like Krista. in some way and she knew she wanted to do Folks who have held decent jobs, paid their bills and something that would allow her to give back. provided the basic necessities for their families. A lay- She made up her mind that even if she didn’t get the off, cut in hours or overtime, or complete job loss puts job, she was willing to volunteer her time to show her them in a position they never would have expected. appreciation. Krista says she’s never had to rely on aid, but those She interviewed and was hired as the new once-a-month boxes of food helped keep her family administrative coordinator in early December. fed. And she was grateful. She received the food “If you never had to struggle, you can’t really donations for the next three months. And then an appreciate an organization like this,” Krista explains. interesting turn of fate occurred. “There really are people out there making the Making the connection decisions between paying bills and buying groceries. During those months of unemployment, Krista And thanks to the work of Forgotten Harvest, many diligently looked for work. A phone call from her people don’t have to make those decisions.” concerned uncle changed everything. Eugene Henry Krista will never forget the help she received. called his niece to check up on her. Krista asked him And we’ll never forget about the thousands of others about his new job. He told her he was hired as a driver who rely on Forgotten Harvest. 5 Champagne Cruise to benefit Forgotten Harvest Non-Proﬁt Org 21800 Greenﬁeld Road US Postage Oak Park, MI 48237 PAID Southﬁeld, MI Permit No. 196 Phone: (248) 967.1500 Fax: (248) 967.1510 www.forgottenharvest.org Driving hunger from our community since 1990 For all the freshest information, visit our website at: www.forgottenharvest.org We’re saving YOU a seat! Hunger is never a laughing matter. Wasting food isn’t either. But at Comedy Night, it is through laughter - lots of it! - that we raise awareness and much needed support to end hunger and waste in metro Detroit. WITH JEFF ALLEN Corporate sponsorships start at $1,000 Individual sponsorships start at $500 Presented by Tickets: $75 Patron (preferred seating) $150 Supporter (preferred seating) and May 17, 2008 Afterglow Meet & Greet Reception 7 pm ♦ Music Hall ♦ Detroit For tickets or more information, visit www.forgottenharvest.org or call 248-967-1500. Harvey Award Recipient: Soave Enterprises General seating tickets are $40 and $25 and are available at ticketmaster.com (keyword Jeff Allen) Star Award Recipients or at the Music Hall Box Ofﬁce. The Chrysler Foundation Daimler Financial Services Ha! hee! hee!
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