DETROIT (WWJ) – Art Van furniture has kicked off the Forgotten Harvest Good Neighbor campaign with a million dollar contribution that will help the agency provide five million meals.

Susan Goodell, President of Forgotten Harvest, said with the money being received over a five-year period, the agency will be able to provide one million meals per year to families in need.

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That makes Forgotten Harvest the nation’s largest food rescue organization.

“Over one-quarter of all food we produce is thrown away,” Goodell told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting. “It it the job of Forgotten Harvest here in Metro Detroit to be that critical link between where there is too much and where there is not enough.”

Goodell said that more than 43.9 million pounds of food were rescued in the past year — food that is thoroughly checked to make sure it’s safe to eat.

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“We are actually food safety fanatics here at Forgotten Harvest,” Goodell said. “We have a for-profit food safety  training company housed in our building. All of our people that touch food are all trained at the highest level of food safety certification and it is just an absolute passion for us.”

Goodell urges more growers, food processors, retailers, caterers and restaurant owners to think of Forgotten Harvest before throwing food away.

The Art Van donation was presented Tuesday morning at in event in Oak Park.

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For more information about Forgotten Harvest including how you can help, call 248-967-1500 or visit

(WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)