Volunteering at Forgotten Harvest with Detroit Young Professionals

By Josh Paciorek | October 15, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder has a simple call to action: "Let's Do Something, Michigan!" to help our fellow Michiganders. Last Saturday, Governor Snyder and a team of volunteers did just that when they gathered at Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park to package more than 12,000 pounds of food to help those in need.

"This is a great opportunity for people to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of those in need," Governor Snyder said. "I encourage all Michiganders to look for opportunities to volunteer and help strengthen their communities. We can accomplish wonderful things by working together."

Snyder, the Detroit Young Professionals (DYP), and 70 volunteers worked to package apples, potatoes and carrots which were donated by farms and grocery stores. Shantia Gatson, an Executive Board member with DYP, said that it was a pleasure getting to work with Forgotten Harvest and others in the community.

"Volunteerism extends beyond a kind act, playing an integral role in the sustainability of our communities," Gatson said. "Together, we packaged over 12,000 pounds of healthy food to assist in relieving hunger in Michigan. I look forward to more hands joining the Do Something Michigan initiative along with Detroit Young Professionals and Governor Snyder as we seek to bring light to the importance of volunteerism and take positive action within our communities."

Founded in 1990, Forgotten Harvest serves to combat two major problems: hunger and waste. The Oak-Park based organization and its volunteers strive to fight hunger specifically in the metro-Detroit community by rescuing healthy and nutritional food that would otherwise go to waste. Thanks to their hardworking and dedicated volunteers, Forgotten Harvest donates nearly 140,000 pounds of food every day to more than 260 food providers.

"Everyone can make a difference in their community and be an ambassador for our state," Governor Snyder said. "We have big issues to solve. But there are a lot of awesome things going on in Michigan. Here's the opportunity to be a part of it. Let's go!"

The "Let's Do Something Michigan" volunteerism initiative encourages Michiganders to take action in their communities. Since launching in June, more than 5,000 people have registered in the program. The governor said it serves as a great first step for those wanting to get more involved in helping make Michigan the "Comeback State."

To become a Michigan Ambassador through the Let's Do Something Michigan program, register on Dosomethingmichigan.com. You can also text "ACTION" to 25827 or call 1-855-440-6424.

Please also visit www.forgottenharvest.org and www.detroityoungprofessionals.org to learn more about their work and the different volunteer opportunities they offer.