Soave Enterprises Participates With Non-Profit Organization to Feed the Hungry

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Soave's affiliate company, Great Northern Hydroponics, donates hundreds of thousands of pounds of tomatoes to food banks in metropolitan Detroit.

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This combined effort brings two likeminded organizations together and makes everyone a winner.

Since 1990, Forgotten Harvest has worked to alleviate the hunger of those who live at, near and below the poverty line in metropolitan Detroit by rescuing perishable and prepared foods and delivering them to organizations that serve the hungry. Last summer, refrigerated trucks began accepting donations from Great Northern Hydroponics (GNH), a 50-acre tomato greenhouse in southern Ontario. Great Northern Hydroponics is an affiliate of Soave Enterprises, L.L.C.

When Soave Enterprises' Treasurer Rick Brockhaus became a board member of the Detroit-based non-profit earlier in 2007, he immediately saw an opportunity to bring the Soave facility and the food gathering organization together. In the first six months of teamwork, GNH provided several hundred thousand pounds of tomatoes to food banks and soup kitchens throughout the metropolitan area.

"Forgotten Harvest embraces its mission of feeding the hungry in metro Detroit. Soave Enterprises and its employees feel this is another way to give back to our community," said Brockhaus. "This combined effort brings two likeminded organizations together and makes everyone a winner."

The rescued tomatoes are those that have minor surface imperfections, and are, therefore, not suited for commercial sale, but they are otherwise completely healthy produce. Prior to their donation to Forgotten Harvest, the fruit was recycled back into the fields as organic fertilizer. It now goes to help feed the 500,000 people in the Detroit's tri-county area who live below the poverty level. "The Forgotten Harvest trucks now make regular stops at our facility - twice a week at the peak of the summer growing season, and then once a week during the fall," notes Darrin Didychuk, President of GNH. "We look forward to continuing our partnership in 2008."

Named 2007's Non-Profit of the Year by Crain's Detroit Business, Forgotten Harvest currently rescues 8.6 million pounds of food per year. Founded by businessman Anthony Soave, Soave Enterprises is honored to be one of its contributors.

Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony L. Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures in the real estate, automotive retailing, beer distribution, scrap metal, industrial services and transportation industries, among others. For more information on Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises, please visit Soave Enterprises.

Contact: Emile Mahanti, Sr. V.P., Marx Layne and Company, 31420 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, (248) 855-6777


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