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
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
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
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
“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:
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
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
Camaro Concept by David Ross
a craving to do more
Rick Johnston helps carry the load for our
Campaigns aim to add more drivers as a volunteer Harvest Helper.
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
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
“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
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!
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
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
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.
that wasn’t forgotten
From food line to front desk. Making the connection with Forgotten Harvest
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.
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!
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
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
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