Forgotten Harvest works around-the-clock all year to fight food insecurity in Michigan. Their summer “Healthy Foods – Healthy Kids” summer feeding initiative, which ran from June 24 to Aug. 30, successfully provided 102,310 nutritious lunches and snacks for children in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
There are many children whose days consist of only eating the meals from their schools. Once classes let out for summer, these children are at risk of going hungry. That’s why Forgotten Harvest’s summer feeding programs are vital to ensuring that children receive nutritious and whole meals to grow, learn and thrive all year long.
Over the course of nearly nine weeks, volunteer groups packed lunches five days a week and visited 38 sites across metro Detroit. The “Healthy Foods — Healthy Kids” program also supports school mobile pantries and the Detroit Public Library snack program, which provides over 103,000 snacks during the school year.
“Forgotten Harvest is extremely thankful for all the help from volunteers, donors and organizations that support us in providing healthy meals to children all year long. We wouldn’t be able to feed those in need in metro Detroit without all of them,” said Kirk Mayes, Forgotten Harvest CEO.
Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food — Healthy Kids is supported by United Way of Southeastern Michigan; the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation; General Motors; Delta Dental of Michigan; the Robert F. Beard Charitable Foundation; Citizens Bank; Comerica Bank; Cooper Standard; Huntington Bank; Lear; PNC Foundation; Priority Health; and new member BJ’s Wholesale Club.
“BJ’s Wholesale Club is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by increasing access to fresh food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We are grateful for our partnership with Forgotten Harvest and for the long-lasting impact the Summer Lunch program will have on local families.”
To learn more about Forgotten Harvest’s youth food programs, how to volunteer or mobile pantries, visit www.forgottenharvest.org/programs/.