Onetime Competitors Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest Team Up to Fight Hunger

When Model D set out to write a story on Detroit hunger relief nonprofits Gleaners Community Food Bank and Forgotten Harvest, “frenemies” was a word we bandied about to describe their unique relationship. Let’s just say the leadership at both organizations strongly disagreed with that characterization.

Merriam-Webster defines “frenemy” as “one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy.” But Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes says there’s no pretending—and most importantly, no hidden enmity—between the two organizations. Mayes and Gleaners president Gerry Brisson have made promotional videos and public appearances together, but Mayes says their relationship runs much deeper than PR stunts.