To reduce hunger and malnutrition in America by educating, encouraging, and empowering growers to share their surplus bounty with the needy in their communities.
About the Organization:
Founder Gary Oppenheimer created AmpleHarvest.org when he discovered, as director of the Sustainable West Milford Community Garden in northern New Jersey, that garden plot holders left large amounts of their produce unharvested when they grew more than they could use — and that food pantries where the excess produce could be donated were hard to find. Through a centralized directory, AmpleHarvest.org makes it easy for food pantries to connect with local growers willing to share their surplus produce and, garden by garden, helps reduce hunger in America.
Nearly sixty-five hundred food pantries in all fifty states are registered with the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign, enabling them to receive, at no cost, a sustainable supply of freshly harvested, locally grown food from more than forty million backyard and community gardeners and other growers. AmpleHarvest.org also has worked with the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative; collaborated with organizations such as the Campus Kitchens Project to educate youth about healthy eating habits and ensure that they have access to fresh produce; and partnered with AARP to educate, encourage, and enable more gardeners to donate their surplus harvest to neighbors in need.
Nonprofit food pantries and soup kitchens can register to receive deliveries of produce, specify a preferred day and time for delivery if they don't have refrigeration facilities on site, and learn how to spread the word about the initiative. Gardeners can search by address or zip code for local food pantries eager to accept donations of produce. Other visitors to the site can learn about hunger in America, stay abreast of developments through the site's blog, or make a donation.
AmpleHarvest.org receives support from foundations, government agencies, individuals, and corporations.