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Susan Goodell

Susan Goodell

President & CEO, Forgotten Harvest


Susan Goodell is President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest.  She has led the organization since January, 2001 and has more than twenty years’ experience in nonprofit management.  Today, Forgotten Harvest is the second largest independent food rescue organization in the United States.  Under her leadership, Forgotten Harvest has increased the volume of “rescued” food from less than one million pounds annually to over 23 million pounds during the past fiscal year.

Forgotten Harvest was founded in 1990 with a simple mission – Fight Hunger & Fight Waste.  Forgotten Harvest “rescues” surplus, prepared and perishable food from over 450 food donors including grocery stores, caterers, dairies, farmers, manufacturers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.  This donated product, food that otherwise would go to waste, is delivered free of charge to over 230 emergency food providers throughout the Metro Detroit area.  The individuals and families served represent a diverse cross section of the community – young and old, from all races and faiths.

Forgotten Harvest was honored to be named Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2007 Best Managed Nonprofit.  Among the many honors awarded the organization, Forgotten Harvest was recognized nationally by Bank of America in its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, awarded a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the fifth consecutive year and recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the “Ten Top Notch Charities” in the country in 2011 for its superb financial and operations management.  Forgotten Harvest has also received Honorable Mention by the Detroit Free Press as a Michigan Green Leader and received the Corp! Magazine “Michigan’s Going Green Award” for significant achievements in green environmentally friendly practices.

Ms. Goodell is a recent recipient of the prestigious McGregor Fund Fellowship which recognizes and encourages excellence in nonprofit leadership.  As part of her fellowship plan, she is studying food rescue best practice sites in Israel, Germany and Australia as well as social change movements across the United States in an on-going effort to advance the cause of food rescue by identifying best practices in reducing food waste and significantly increasing food resources for our nation’s poor.

In October 2011, Ms. Goodell received the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award. The award “recognizes an individual who may not have yet received the widespread recognition he or she deserves for long-standing efforts to further regional cooperation and understanding.”  The award is presented as part of the Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards presented by the Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Committee.

Most recently, Ms. Goodell was appointed to the Michigan Food Policy Council.

by Governor Rick Snyder. The 25-member council is funded in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and works to recommend programs and policies to the governor that ensure Michigan residents have access to a safe and healthy food supply. Her appointment was announced in February 2012.

She is a native of Maine and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  In her spare time, she is an accomplished weaver and fiber artist.  She resides in Birmingham, Michigan with her husband and son.



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