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AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews 3,153

Address:

24 Clover Rd Newfoundland NJ 07435 USA

Mission:

AmpleHarvest.org, moving information instead of food to diminish the waste of fresh food, hunger and malnutrition in America, is educating, encouraging and empowering growers to share their excess harvest with the needy in their community instead of letting it rot in the garden.

Results:

Founded by CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer in mid 2009, AmpleHarvest.org has already registered more than 7,500 (1 out of every 5) food pantries in America. $200m impact annually (food plus health benefits) AmpleHarvest.org has received backing and support from the White House, Google, the USDA, numerous faith organizations and the Feeding America network of food banks.

Target demographics:

End Hunger By Ending Food Waste In Home/Community Gardens Nationwide

Direct beneficiaries per year:

7,500 food pantries (food banks, food shelves, and food closets) nationwide

Geographic areas served:

United States

Programs:

AmpleHarvest.org - enabling millions of home gardeners to find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden produce.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Innovative approach to reducing food waste. Making a significant impact to provide fresh food to reduce poverty and alleviate starvation.

 
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The amazing work this organization does is changing our food system.

Most other charities spend their time and energy (and money) trying to respond to problems - over and over which is all well and good, but AmpleHarvest.org actually works to fix the system that is creating the problems in the first place.

Instead of buying food and feeding people, AmpleHarvest.org works to help America use the fresh food it already has first. Why didn't anyone think of that before?

My donation is spent on fixing a broken system and not just patching it. I'm paying for technology and talent to fix the system but not for food! Wow!

Been donating every year since AmpleHarvest.org started - thrilled to see its growth, impact and energy. It's been money very well spent.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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After retirement I was in search of a new way to give back to the world. When I heard the AmpleHarvest.org story and mission, I knew this was the non-profit I wanted add to my list of charities to support. I think everyone in America is aware of how much fresh food we waste amidst the problem of people of millions being food insecure. AmpleHarvest.org is working hard to change that scenario. Please check out their website and read more about the ingenious way AmpleHarvest.org connects gardeners to local food pantries to end hunger and malnutrition. They have my solid vote for No Food Left Behind.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I find AmpleHarvest.org to be a wonderful, free resource for both gardeners and food pantries! It affords gardeners an opportunity to donate their extra vegetables that would have otherwise been wasted and it helps pantries get much need fresh produce to their clients. It's a win-win for everyone!

 
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Wonderful organization that helps fill food pantry shelves with fresh produce.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I've watched AmpleHarvest.org from its inception, growing to over 7000 food pantries registered to receive fresh produce. It's such an efficient way to both eliminate the waste of food and to help feed those who need it.

 
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At the most basic level, it's a practical solution to multiple issues - hunger, food insecurity, overall health, and elimination of waste. It's amazing that such a 'simple' idea can cover so much ground!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

AmpleHarvest.org tackles big issues like food waste, hunger, and malnutrition in a most innovative way. I believe it's the most important tool for any gardener!

 
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When I set out to push a STEM agenda in volunteering, I quickly found that the undercurrent that was pulling the whole effort down was stress students feel in homes that are challenged by food. If you aren't eating well, you aren't paying attention at school -- no amount of pushing is going to help.

AmpleHarvest appealed to me as the right approach to take by leveling technology to create a 10x multiple -- each dollar in results in FAR FAR FAR more food being distributed to people in need. This was far better than any other food program I investigated.

The team is driven, hardworking, and extremely cost sensitive. It amazes me to see how far our executive director takes each dollar. This makes being both a donor and a board member the right way to spend my time. If we make AmpleHarvest successful, we don't just solve a food crisis, we solve an education crisis. Awesome.

 
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the ampleharvest.org non-profit is truly a non-profit in every sense; it provides for gardeners who sign up one of those rarities in today's world - a way of "giving" to others without opening their wallets or check books! as such, ample harvest also offers an opportunity for folks wanting to promote this effort to make birthday, anniversary, and other gifts by way of a donation, taking the guess work out of what to give to whom. it's a win-win situation all around!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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AmpleHarvest.org is a great organization that very efficiently supports over 7400 pantries nationwide by helping them get healthy and fresh produce to those who desperately need it.
What I like about the organization is that they use internet technology as well as social media to really leverage their reach and effectiveness. This organization provides more value in this area than the mega non profits in the hunger space on a minimal budget that would be comparable to a local single city non profit (probably less than most of those). Their founder is very conscientious about costs and is very diligent about making sure organizational overhead does not get in the way of effectively doing it's job. My only disappointment about Ample Harvest is that it has far less funding than it should. This is definitely an organization worth getting behind.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization needs more funding to increase it's outreach because they are addressing a massive problem. There are around 22,000 additional pantries they need to reach and over 50 million gardeners who have excess produce. We have found that the gardening community has been extremely gracious about donating their extra food if they know about this solution. Quite simply this organization just needs more support so they can do more of what they are already doing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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