September 18th, 2015
making the world a little kinder – Detroit edition
By KIND Editor
Here at KIND, we believe in the importance of being kind to your body, your taste buds, and your world. For our team, being kind to our world comes to life often, but especially on days away from the office where team members turn off their phones and computers, and give back to local communities. We call this KIND ACTivites. A few of our team members recently participated in a KIND ACTivity in Detroit, and one of those team members, Katie. D., shares her reflections here:
Last week, my Michigan KIND counterparts and I spent an afternoon with Forgotten Harvest – a non-profit dedicated to combating hunger and food waste in Metro Detroit. Our team – sporting hairnets and aprons (and our KIND t-shirts of course) – sorted and packed pounds of food that would later be distributed to those in need.
According to Forgotten Harvest, they “rescued” 41 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 local sources, including grocers, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies and farmers.
This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in Metro Detroit. Forgotten Harvest currently transports, on average, more than 34 million pounds of rescued food each month to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters.
Our day with Forgotten Harvest made a very small dent in the tremendous work they do on a regular basis. But, I’m proud to report that the KIND team helped sort and pack 5,900 pounds of food! According to industry standards, 1 pound of food = 1 meal, so our impact was equivalent to ~5,900 meals.
This wasn’t our first interaction with Forgotten Harvest – our team has provided product to support their efforts before. But this was our first time getting our hands dirty and seeing their impact firsthand.
I love working for a company that isn’t merely called KIND, but truly strives to be KIND. This is what attracted me to KIND in the first place, and I am glad that KIND ACTivities has allowed me to realize our mission on a local level. I’m already looking forward to our next KIND ACTivity!
To learn more about the amazing ways Forgotten Harvest is spreading kindness, check out their website: forgottenharvest.org