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September 24, 1993 - Image 89

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-09-24

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McLean, Keith Ruff and Jill
Washburn, who later also
performed for free — raised
more than $180,000.
"(The money) will go to
put more food in people's
bellies, where it belongs,"
said Howard Goldman,
owner of Network Mortgage

"The money
will go to put
food in people's
bellies."

Howard Goldman

Corporation, which spon-
sored the event.
Forgotten Harvest has
grown beyond its founders'
expectations. When Ms.
Fishman, who served on the
board of Mazon, suggested
that the organization create
a local coalition against
hunger, she forecasted it
would transport 1 ton of
food a month during its first
year. Today, with two refrig-
erated trucks, Forgotten
Harvest transports 15 times
that amount from 23 busi-
nesses. She credits the suc-
cess to public awareness.
"Once people recognized
that it was possible to res-
cue the food rather than
throw it away, they were
thrilled," she said.
Ms. Fishman's sister,
Bonnie Fishman, owns and
operates Bonnie's Patisserie
in Southfield. The first

Forgotten Harvest benefit,
held at her store three years
ago, raised $8,000. She
attributes the organization's
fund-raising success this
year to Tim Allen.
"He's a superstar. People
might have come to the ben-
efit this year just to see
him, but were moved to give
when they saw the movie,"
she said.
The film, taped and
donated by Victor/Harder
Productions, served as a
solemn introduction to the
comedic stand-up medley.
Audience members viewed
hundreds of boxes of
Northwest Airlines meals,
Kroger food and produce
from other vendors that
would otherwise be discard-
ed.
It depicted a group of chil-
dren at a shelter celebrating
a birthday party around a
donated layer cake.
According to the video: One
half of Detroit's children are
hungry. And that's no
laughing matter.
Neither is it for people
like Joann, a woman on
parole who is staying at the
Pontiac Rescue Mission,
which exclusively relies on
private contributions. Joann
says the community — the
mission and groups like
Forgotten Harvest that sup-
port it — have helped her
stay away from "drugs on
the street." In two weeks,
she found steady employ-
ment and now feels "like I
really matter in the commu-
nity."
"In a word, the programs
are great," she said. ❑

•••

Shelter volunteer Gloria Lewis smiles as Forgotten Harvest food arrives.

Photos from top:

Volunteers prepare food
from Forgotten Harvest.
Chris Blakely, who works
for Forgotten Harvest,
unloads donations from
the truck.

Tim Allen with wife,
Laura Deibel (left), and
Forgotten Harvest
founder Nancy Fishman.

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