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AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: AmpleHarvest.org eliminates food waste, hunger and malnutrition in America by educating, encouraging and empowering growers to share their excess harvest with thousands of local food pantries instead of letting it rot in the garden.

Results: Founded by CNN Hero and World Food Prize nominee Gary Oppenheimer in mid 2009, AmpleHarvest.org has already registered more than 8,400 (1 out of every 5) food pantries in America. Has identified the magnitude of the garden food waste problem by way of a two year study (www.AmpleHarvest.org/Study) Is creating $200M impact annually (food plus health benefits) Has created Food Waste Weekend to enable clergy of all faiths to help their congregations learn about ending food waste. 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 food waste in home/community gardens, reduce hunger, and reduce the environmental impact of the waste of food

Direct beneficiaries per year: millions of gardeners help more than 8,400 food pantries (food banks, food shelves, and food closets) nationwide

Geographic areas served: all 50 states

Programs: AmpleHarvest.org (www.AmpleHarvest.org) which is educating, encouraging and enabling millions of gardeners to end the waste of 11 billion pounds of food by finding a local food pantry eager for their excess garden produce. Food Waste Weekend (www.FoodWasteWeeend.org) educating and enabling clergy of all faiths to learn about food waste and then do sermons about it Centerpieces for Pantries (www.AmpleHarvest.org/holiday) to educate and encourage people to use food centerpieces on their holiday dinner table... to then be donated to a local food pantry the next day Keynote Speakers (www.AmpleHarvest.org/speaker) to educate and inspire people about their own opportunity to reduce food waste and hunger by looking at how one unique program did it. Also includes a free college colloquium

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

. I love this. Food waste in the US is astronomical. By giving left over fresh ptoduce to pantries helps in so many ways. Feeds the hungry while giving them fresh food that they never get.. The nutrition is great. Saving seeds to hzve continued fresh vegetables is what is needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

THIS nonprofit is amazing! So much growth, like a ripple in a pond. Happy to support them. Would only like to see more (free) publicity. And please disregard my first response, they FAR EXCEED my expectations! Thank you.

Ingeborg O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest connects gardeners with local food pantries for donating excess harvested produce. It's a great service for the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ample harvest is a very atypical "commercial" organization: it costs nothing for parties to join. it requires only sharing contact information online between gardeners who wish to donate excess produce and local food pantries that offer fresh vegetables and fruit to the needy, how often does one find that in this highly ceo-$-focused world?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great service nationally!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Connecting food growers with pantries. Need more support in making even more connections to reduce waste and feed more people

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are connecting growers with hungry people, and spreading the message about food insecurity and solutions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They successfully make it possible and easy for producers and recipients to help each other. Excess produce to those in need while it's fresh.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest is an amazing concept turned into a very successful way to help those who need help with healthy eating for the neediest.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All is well

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are getting extra crops into the hands of food pantry's. They found the bridge to make that happen. They can't improve much better than they're doing it now.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping to reduce food waste and bring healthy produce to feed those less fortunate. More food banks to accept these type of donations in South Florida where the growing season is during the winter.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't offer improvements but positively it is one of the few resources that addresses peoples nutritional needs while also providing much needed food. Healthy option!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Feeding the hungry with free locally-harvested food is a win-win!

Donor

Rating: 5

With the recent news of the dangers of climate change it's more important than ever to make sure everyone gets the sustenance they deserve. AmpleHarvest.Org is leading the way to a better planet.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the best solutions to food insecurity, leveraging gardeners, to increase both the quantity and quality of the nutrition in our local communities. I took advantage of the great research of AmpleHarvest.org to find a local food pantry to donate my excess produce, and I've been donating ever since. I've also developed a deeper connection to this food pantry. It's a great non-profit, and if you're a gardener or a food pantry, check it out.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Reducing food loss across America in a way no other program does. Great example for other nonprofits. Needs more exposure.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Doing amazing work to get freshly harvested food to 1000's of food pantries. Every $ I donate worthwhile. Gamechanger solution to hunger

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org is eliminating food waste by connecting gardeners to food pantries desperately in need of fresh food. The impact is immense.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest is doing the essential work of bring together local growers with local food pantries to 1. eliminate waste; 2. end hunger; 3. grow resilient communities. There are a great many organisations working to address hunger in America, but Ample Harvest takes a systems approach that creates the essential conditions for long-term change in a way that no other organisation in the field does. I am proud to support Ample Harvest, and encourage everyone with an interest in being of service to check out their model, and support them in whatever way they can.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org is a unique organization solving a problem that few are paying attention to ie getting the excess fresh produce form 42 million gardeners to hungry Americans. They operate extremely efficiently and are completely dedicated to their mission of reducing food waste and ending hunger in the US.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The USA produces enough food to feed all its people yet many Americans are chronically hungry.
Making it easy for millions of gardeners to effectively channel their excess produce to food pantries is an elegant, low cost solution to the problem of getting nutritious fresh food into the hands of those most in need.
Great work Ampleharvest.org!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and an avid gardener, AmpleHarvest.org certainly addresses two chronic needs: 1) eliminating food waste from a successful home garden season harvest and 2) healthfully feeding those in need of nutritious food options. It is a brilliant idea which I am a proud supporter.