That classic holiday image of the family gathered around a table full of bounty won’t be the reality many in metro Detroit.
One in six people – one in four kids – in our region still face food insecurity. That’s a total of 645,000 of our neighbors face hunger every day. You can help simply by buying holiday cards from Forgotten Harvest that show off the spirit of Detroit and Michigan.
These all-new for 2016 cards include “Happy, Healthy Christmas” designs, which reinforce Forgotten Harvest’s focus on fresh food rescue. Most cards are available for a donation of $28.00, which includes shipping and handling. You’ll get you a pack of 20 complete with envelopes. Buying just one of these packs will provide 112 meals.
The “Michigan Mitten” and “Motor City” cards are designed by Matt LeBarre Illustration.
The “Detroit Holiday Spirit” card was designed by Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson and cost $18.00, again for a pack of 20. That will provide 72 meals.
A more traditional card is also available.
All profits go directly to help the hungry in metro Detroit.
Special tribute cards are also available for a donation of $5 each and can be inserted into a holiday card as a wonderful gift. The tribute card message says “As an expression of gratitude, a donation has been made in your honor this holiday season to Forgotten Harvest.” Each tribute card provides 20 meals.
Last year Forgotten Harvest’s festive holiday card program provided 100,000 meals for metro Detroiters in need. Let’s see if we can do even more this year.
Cards and tributes are available at www.forgottenharvest.org or by calling Nicky Heins at (248) 268-7521. Please allow five to seven days for shipping.
Forgotten Harvest “rescued” more than 42 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from more than 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other health department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to more than 250 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area.