Forgotten Harvest Launches 25th Anniversary Raffle; Ticket Purchase Feeds Hungry, Provides Chance to Win 2015 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Cash

Non-profit’s raffle honors founder, Dr. Nancy Fishman, who initially rescued food using her own Jeep® brand vehicle

OAK PARK, Mich., June 2, 2015 – It all began 25 years ago with one woman, and her Jeep® brand vehicle, who rescued food to feed the hungry in metro Detroit. Today, Forgotten Harvest is one of America’s largest food rescue organizations. In honor of its founder and to continue its mission, the non-profit is conducting a 25th Anniversary Raffle with a top prize of a 2015 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×4.

Each ticket purchased will provide 250 meals to those in need, while offering a chance to win the award-winning SUV or cash prizes of $10,000 or $2,500.Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased by calling 855-751-4380 or completing an online form ( and either emailing, mailing or faxing it.

“Our anniversary raffle is yet another way to continue our mission of relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste, while at the same time having a chance to win a Jeep® Grand Cherokee or cash,” said Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes. “Every raffle ticket purchase goes a long way. A $50 raffle ticket purchase means 250 meals provided to those in need.”

The raffle is open to legal residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older as of March 26, 2015. The official drawing will take place on September 30, 2015. For official rules and other details, please visit

Forgotten Harvest humbly began out of the back of a Jeep® brand vehicle by Dr. Fishman who herself, at one time, stood in line to get food assistance. At that point, she had a 2-year-old daughter, had not finished her education and was struggling to make ends meet. She made a commitment to help others in need of food assistance. Through her remarkable drive and perseverance, she completed a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, attended Harvard Law School’s Program on Advanced Negotiation and, using her own vehicle, began rescuing food from local events and religious celebrations.

“While we have made significant progress over the past 25 years, our job at Forgotten Harvest is ‘Far From Done,’” Mayes said.

About Forgotten Harvest

Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 48 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for eight consecutive years. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at