Van Buren Township has joined forces with local non-profit and food rescue organization Forgotten Harvest to be an On The Go Mobile pantry distribution site. The pop-up food pantry will supply fresh and nutritious foods free-of-charge to area residents in need.
The model for the pop-up pantry is “from truck to trunk”. Residents will drive up to the distribution area, located off the Community Services entrance at Township Hall (46425 Tyler Rd.), and volunteers will load fresh groceries into the vehicle of anyone in need. No pre-registration. No extensive forms to fill out. Just a few basic questions that help Forgotten Harvest volunteers determine the quantity of groceries to load up. “Anyone can use this resource for other family members and neighbors who may not have easy access to transportation,” stated FH Director of Marketing and Communications, Christopher Ivey.
The pop-up food pantry will be held on (Date with an * have changed):
Tuesday, October 27 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10 from 9a.m. – 12p.m. *
Tuesday, November 17 from 9a.m. – 12p.m. *
Tuesday, November 24 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1 from 9a.m. – 12p.m. *
Tuesday, December 8 from 9a.m. – 12p.m. *
Monday, December 21 from 9a.m. – 12p.m. * (Special Holiday Food distribution 🦃 )
Forgotten Harvest specializes in offering an assortment of fresh food and refrigerated proteins. “We focus on a diversity of food during each distribution, which includes all the elements required for a USDA plate of food,” expressed Ivey, “We provide items that would be found on a weekly shopping list like milk, eggs, bread, chicken, pork and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.” A portion of the fruits and vegetables come directly from the 93-acre Forgotten Harvest farm located in Fenton.”
Forgotten Harvest is one of the biggest non-profit food pantries in metro Detroit, working directly with 800 food distributors. A big part of Forgotten Harvest’s mission is environmental. Founded as a “rescue model” to disrupts the waste of surplus food supplies going to grocery stores, FH rescues 138,000 pounds of food a day and delivers the surplus to communities in metro Detroit.
Forgotten Harvest is always looking for volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering at a pop-up food pantry, please contact the Senior Center Director Lynette Jordan at (734) 699-8919.
For more information about the Van Buren Township pop-up pantry visit https://www.forgottenharvest.org/