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AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.
December 24, 2010

As a Master Gardener AND someone well aware of hunger, I was not happy when my prolific garden produced more than we could use... and excess food was left to rot in the garden. Some I was able to give away, but still more was lost.

In 2009, I created AmpleHarvest.org as a way for 40+ million home gardeners like me to be able to find a local food pantry eager for the excess harvest.

For me, the idea of turning dirt into dinner has always had an appeal.

AmpleHarvest.org is now giving millions of our needy neighbors the opportunity to feed their families with the same food we eat.... and in doing so, they are eating
-healthier (lower health care costs for America in the future)
-locally grown (smaller carbon foot print)
-and freshly harvested (kids learn that apples do not naturally come pre-sliced in cellophane and that carrots are not normally mushy)
food contributed by their neighbors.

Furthermore, the waste stream in America is reduced as is the methane emissions from municipal trash dumps.

In every sense of the word, AmpleHarvest.org is neighbors helping neighbors.

It is a one of a kind effort, backed by Google, the USDA, EPA, Rotary Int'l, VFW, AARP and many faith and service organizations across America that enables people to help the needy by reaching into their backyards instead of their back pockets.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A survey done mid-harvest in August 2010 (with only 18% of the registered pantries responding) indicated more than 700,000 lbs of produce was donated to these pantries alone. The other 82% of the pantries produce donations (many of whom were not surveyed because they lack email) would be added to this. The feedback across the board has been extremely positive.... something you can see in on the www.AmpleHarvest.org/comments page as well as the media coverage on the www.AmpleHarvest.org/news page.

Ways to make it better...

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

hire staff as soon as possible to help more pantries learn about AmpleHarvest.org and help more gardeners learn that they can make a difference in their own community. AmpleHarvest.org is changing the supply side dynamic of food in America. Volunteers can do it in time.... but a small team of full time people can do it even faster and better.

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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

How did you learn about this organization?

I am the founder.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Raising sufficient monies to build up the necessary staffing and infrastructure as soon as possible.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Building a nationwide network of volunteers and interns to help AmpleHarvest.org's message reach every community in America. Our goal is to educate, encourage and enable 40 million gardeners to use, preserve or share with friends the bounty of their garden.... and then to donate the excess to a food pantry in their community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I created AmpleHarvest.org.

The Good People Fund
October 31, 2010

I am the Founder of AmpleHarvest.org, a nationwide campaign to diminish hunger by enabling 40+ million home gardeners to find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden produce. Only a few months after its initial rollout in May 2009, Naomi Eisenberger of the Good People Fund called me out of the blue to introduce herself and to see what assistance AmpleHarvest.org needed. Not knowing any better at the time, I said "none". I won't be repeating that mistake again. Naomi stayed in touch, helped to guide AmpleHarvest.org towards making what were ultimately the correct decisions, provided critical funding for a number of aspects of AmpleHarvest.org, connected AmpleHarvest.org with other collaborative non-profits as well as funding foundations, etc. In short, they have been "real-life partners" with us. Since the Good People Fund stepped into the picture, they have helped AmpleHarvest.org to grow to support almost 3,000 (nearly one out of every 10) food pantries in America. In May 2009, CNN named me CNN Hero – the second Good People Fund grantee in two years to be so honored.. Working with The Good People Fund has been extremely easy. Their help came to us even while we were initially part of another 501c3. If I can make any criticism of the Good People Fund, it is that they are one-of-a-kind. If there were more funding organizations like them, small non-profits would have an easier time getting started.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how they've helped to support and guide AmpleHarvest.org as it because a national campaign against hunger.

Ways to make it better...

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

...find a way to help them garner a greater public awareness of the work they're doing.

More feedback

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I didn't... they found my non-profit

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

None. They encouraged me to keep doing what I was doing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & As founder of AmpleHarvest.org, I'm working to diminish hunger in America.