Forgotten Harvest currently transports, on average, more than 3.4 million pounds of rescued food each month to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters . According to food industry standards, 1 pound of food = 1 meal, so this is the equivalent of 40.9 million meals per year.
Forgotten Harvest exists because of the vision, empathy, and a very personal encounter with hunger experienced by our founder, Dr. Nancy Fishman. During a difficult time in her life — when she needed food — Dr. Fishman made a commitment to help others in need of food assistance. Starting from the back of her own vehicle, Dr. Fishman rescued food from local events and religious celebrations. When an elderly couple read about her desperate need for a van to increase her services to those in need, they made an anonymous donation that paid for our first truck.
Jessica Ayoub is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Forgotten Harvest, a food rescue organization serving Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Forgotten Harvest rescues prepared and perishable food from over 800 sources including: farms, food manufacturers, grocers, and entertainment venues. This food is then distributed free of charge to 280 emergency food providers including: food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and faith-based organizations. Jessica is responsible for engaging churches, schools, and civic organizations with Forgotten Harvest’s work. Prior to joining Forgotten Harvest, Jessica was earning her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy from Michigan State University.