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Texting could help end hunger in Metro Detroit

This is a guest post from John Owens of Forgotten Harvest
By 2013, one in four people in Metro Detroit will experience hunger. Based on poverty rates, almost 1 in 2 children in the City of Detroit are at risk of hunger.

Given the stunning increase in the demand for food, Forgotten Harvest is committed to taking unprecedented actions to meet that need. By some estimates, the need for food in our region will exceed the supply of food by up to 300 million pounds in 2013. Unfortunately, nearly 1 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in our community.

It is a hunger crisis that we must work together to solve. To make that happen we must make certain the next generation is deeply involved in and committed to erasing hunger.

At Forgotten Harvest we have a plan that we believe will ensure our younger generation of community citizens –  high school students – are prepared to join us in our fight against hunger and food waste and potentially end hunger forever in our community. “Students to the Rescue” will recruit and mobilize “Food Rescue Ambassadors” from high schools across our community. This group will give students a chance to lead “green” initiatives that will both reduce waste and fight hunger in their community. Their primary goal will be to educate students and their families about the metro Detroit hunger crisis and what they can do to help solve it locally.

We also hope to produce and host a “High School Hunger Summit” this fall that will mobilize students in food rescue efforts and lead to coverage on the issues of hunger and waste through local television, radio, print and social media for that school year.

Won’t you please help us move that program forward with a simple text or by clicking your mouse? Forgotten Harvest has been selected to participate in Pepsi’s Refresh Project – a program in which Pepsi commits up to $1.3 million each month to organizations, voted on by the public that will make a positive impact on the community. Go to or text 105536 to Pepsi at 73774. You can cast your vote every day until voting ends for the grant ends January 31, 20ll.

Thank you for helping to end hunger in Metro Detroit.

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