How Forgotten Harvest Supports Social Enterprise

By Amanda Lewan on June 24th, 2015 / Comments

When you’re on a mission to solve a problem in the world you have to always be open to new solutions.

Forgotten Harvest is on a mission to help end hunger. As one of the largest fresh food rescue organizations in the U.S., they are also providing support for new food entrepreneurs.

Why? Because it’s another way to grow the food economy in Detroit and another source of revenue to support Forgotten Harvest. Working with over 400 partners and delivering fresh food to over 200 agencies, they’ve built up the powerhouse needed to support food product development and packaging.

“Social entreprise was something we decided to move into,” said Chris Nemeth President of Social Enterprise.”When we expanded to develop Hopeful Harvest, we went from helping 2 to 38 food entrepreneurs.”

Chris had spent many years working in marketing and supporting small businesses. Having grown up in the Del Ray area of Southwest Detroit, he wanted to get more invovled with social enterprise in the city.

The progam Hopeful Harvest is dedicated to just that. They’ve created a full service co-packing food hub for small businesses in Detroit. With a commercial kitchen, food preperation and packaging facilities, and cold and dry storage options, there’s everything a small food entrepreneur might need.

And they providing some important growth services, too.

“We also help some businesses with their business plans, recipe development, learning to scale their manufacturing,” he said. “Business can start out with us and they can come to us after they’ve gone through the cotteage phase and are ready to grow their business.”

All of the work comes down to really helping the small scale entrepreneurs grow through the tripple bottom line approach. The profits from their work go right back to Forgotten Harvest to feed the hungry. Next up, Forgotten Harvest will have their own brand of food products in stores soon.

“Our success is seeing these business succeed,” said Chris.

Learn more about Forgotten Harvest here.

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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.