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AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.

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Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Environment, Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: AmpleHarvest.org eliminates hunger, food waste 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 nearly 9,000 (1 out of every 4) 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. Visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/impact to see what your donation does... this year and for the next 20 years.

Target demographics: end hunger, food waste in home/community gardens, and reduce the environmental impact of the waste of food

Direct beneficiaries per year: millions of gardeners help nearly 9,000 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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's the small things in life that really make a difference while we grow cuturally to see a nonprofit such as this attract the attention it needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org is a simple solution to bring fresh food to the food insecure. It’s ability to connect backyard gardeners and farmers to a network of food pantries has distributed millions of pounds of fresh food to be distributed in local communities.AmpleHarvest.com is a technology solution to a complicated education problem.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest has a remarkable track record of advancing the mission to end hunger across our country. With a robust network of donors and food pantries, AH serves a critical role in helping at-risk families one healthy meal at a time.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A great non-profit with an innovative approach to an everlasting problem. Gary and the team are an inspiration to work with and look forward to seeing how much more progress can be made in the years to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

What has most impressed me about this organization is the root cause approach they took towards ending hunger and food waste.

Instead of looking for more food year after year like every other charity, they recognized that the real solution was information. Gardeners were not aware they could donate plus they didn't know where or when to donate. AmpleHarvest.org informs them that they can donate the food and they enable them to donate the food... and that's it.

Sounds simple? Yes it is ... and that's what makes it an ideal efficient and permanent solution.

I heard their founder give a talk and was blown away. Check out their videos and you'll agree with me. They aren't a food bank, they aren't a gardening program and they aren't gleaners. They are in a space of their own across the country.

I support them.... and so should you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since being connected with AmpleHarvest.org, I have been able to see the impact of their simple, but focused mission. It is incredibly important to give those impacted by food insecurity access to fresh, healthy foods. Not only are they connecting home gardeners to food pantries for donation, they’re also educating recipients on how to prepare and utilize their fresh bounty. Proud to work alongside their passionate team!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization with excellent leadership. AmpleHarvest.org has a clear vision and is making an impact across the country. It is great to see a nonprofit that is transparent and open with their work as well.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org is an incredible organization. I've both seen and heard first hand the impact this nonprofit makes on communities and individuals around the country. Food insecurity is an unfortunately near ubiquitous issue in our country. Nearly every neighborhood has someone in need. AmpleHarvest.org is an efficient way to help. In this time of supply chain challenges and grocery out-of-stocks - educating home gardeners to share their surplus harvest with a food pantry in their neighborhood is a powerful tool to fight food insecurity. In as little as 24 hours, fresh - healthy produce can go from a home garden directly to the table of someone who needs it most. I'm proud to play a small part in the big mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org fills a needed gap in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. It connects home gardeners and the surplus vegetables they grow every year - and connects them directly with thousands of local food pantries across the US. Bringing fresh, nutritious produce directly from the garden to the tables of those who need it most within hours. A dollar donated to AmpleHarvest.org creates an immediate 8 servings of fresh vegetables in year 1. But that dollar compounds over time as home gardeners continue to donate year after year after year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What has set AmpleHarvest apart from other food organizations is the efficiency and scale at which they can operate while remaining insanely cost efficient. We have made it possible for the nations 60 million gardeners to share their results with 9000 pantries that are vetted and verified by an awesome and dedicated staff. Based on estimates done by economists who have partnered with us, we have moved millions of pounds of food onto tables for pennies a pound.

For those who look at the world from the lens of ROI (Return on Investment), this is a deal that can't be beat. For those who want to feed as many as possible, each dollar donated feeds far more people than a pallet of canned foods.

Thanks for your support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

From the moment I heard about AmpleHarvest.org, I was impressed its incredible impact with such a simple solution: connect a naturally occurring surplus (excess produce grown by home/community gardeners) with a dramatic need (fresh, healthy produce for food insecure people). I especially love that any person can use the pantry locator to help solve the problem of hunger in their own community. Now as a member of the board, I'm so impressed by how efficiently and effectively the organization is run and the outsized impact it has.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org has a simple solution to a challenging problem: connect home gardeners who have excess produce with the food pantries that feed their local communities. There is a naturally occurring surplus of food in our communities via home gardeners who often have harvests that are too large for their families to consume. By making it easy to find local pantries who will accept fresh produce, those gardeners are able to donate fresh food, not only alleviating hunger, but doing so with nutritious food.

I love that this organization impacts local communities across the country and so thoughtfully works to address such an enormous challenge. The team is nimble and judicious with every dollar received. It's an honor to work with AmpleHarvest.org.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with the team at AmpleHarvest.org for two years and I am so impressed at what they have achieved and their commitment to reducing food insecurity in this country. They make it so easy for gardeners in this country to share their surplus fruits and vegetables grown with a nearby food pantry. The AmpleHarvest.org team is dedicated to finding more growers and more pantries and matching them up to get fresh, healthy food to those in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about Ample Harvest though one of the emails I received from garden seed & supply companies. After reading Ample Harvest's website, I discovered that many food banks will accept fresh produce from home gardens! Using their Food Bank locator, I found a panty just 5 minutes from my house. I then recruited 15 other gardeners in my neighborhood to donate their extra produce as well. By the end of this season, our neighborhood had donated nearly 1,000 fruits and vegetables to the Hope Center in Churchville, MD.

1 Cathy B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest advisement to act locally is simple, sustainable and yields great substantial benefit to our community. Our 4 local food pantries express extreme gratitude for our weekly donations during the growing season. Our gardeners benefit by ensuring their hard work doesn't go to waste.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of Ample Harvest I decided to add a few extra rows of string beans to my vegetable garden with the idea I could donate the extra beans to my local food bank. Because I don't like to thin my seedlings as I should, I ended up with taking over ten pounds of string beans to the food bank this year. What an easy and fun way to help others. I have found that the joy one gets from giving a helping hand, no matter how small, outweighs the work or time that one puts into the effort.

1 Connie V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So delighted that AmpleHarvest connected us with our local food bank. We donated just over 300 lbs of garden produce to our local community. Thanks for helping us to help others!!

1 Ingeborg O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ampleharvest.org certainly deserves top ranking as a nonprofit! it provides information without cost to anybody. it's an online service that enables home gardeners to locate food pantries in their areas to which they can donate excess fruits and vegetables. there's no charge for the information. it performs what in yiddish is called a mitzvah!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

any who have ever experienced hunger with no way to satisfy that need for something in their bellies will grasp what a great mitzvah ample harvest is performing! ample harvest is even more important these days, given the loss of income for many because of the corona virus shut-downs and related events. while i have no personal experience with hunger, i can well imagine what it must be like for those who do, and i bless those who seek to help with programs like ample harvest!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this charity. They are really helping with not only hunger in America but also helping with nutrition!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome platform to share bountiful harvest with those in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest is a wonderful organization that encourages local gardeners to give their excess harvest to their local food banks. Food insecurity is a real issue and having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a very positive reward for those in need!

Donor

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest has provided an avenue for those of who grow more than we will ever eat to not feel wasteful any longer. It has been a great experience to be associated with their efforts for distributing food to those in need. I will continue to garden and provide others with the fruits (and vegetables and herbs) of my labor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! Really excited about what Ample Harvest and Gary Oppenheimer are doing for those in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I planted a massive garden this year and had way more than my family could eat. AmpleHarvest provides a great way to share with those in need and there's nothing better than homegrown produce. Great organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization that allows people to share in their bounty while helping others in need - right in your own community. AmpleHarvest.org is an amazing cause that provides a tangible answer to the basic question of "what can I do to help?"

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization filling a gap for fresh food for those in need. It’s not only about helping to feed the needy but also feeding them healthy food.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Helped us find a local food pantry to donate our extra harvest from our community gardens this year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest is an awesome nonprofit which seeks to solve the issue of hunger. Their partnership with thousands of food pantries across the country help myself and many other gardeners take their excess harvest and donate it to those who need it.

During COVID, the organization has done a great job of making contactless delivery a smooth and simple process. In a time when food security has been an issue for many, AmpleHarvest has been doing a great job of reallocating food resources to hungry people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great way to connect home gardeners with their local food banks. I always have some extra from my Bonnie garden!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great mission and brilliance in its simplicity. There's so much extra homegrown harvest grown by individuals each year that it's a shame any of it goes to waste. AmpleHarvest.org makes it easy to find local food pantries, so gardeners can get fresh, homegrown produce into the hands of those in their communities who need it the most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a great community came together for good reasons such as informing people to create awareness and develop projects as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a mean, lean organization that gets a lot done on a small budget. It's only flaw is that it's impact, while substantial, is not always easy to pick up on.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest plays a critical role in advising gardeners where to go to donate their excess produce and in helping hungry people find it. This helps address the growing problem of hunger, while simultaneously minimizing waste that would otherwise create dangerous gases that pollute our environment. It's a win-win!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic concept and incredible execution. Cannot speak more highly of the cause, organization and people involved!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Exceptional service! A great platform with a high commitment to ending food waste and hunger!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic non-profit with an innovative approach to end hunger and food waste with technology.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest is a great organization run by great people!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest is a great organization for a great cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org is one of those rare organizations that provides an astounding impact by leveraging an extremely lean organizational structure. It also has effectively applied existing technologies to get food that otherwise would be wasted into the hands of people who can really use it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Worked with AmpleHarvest.org for last three years. Great organization. Very committed to ameliorating hunger via backyard and community gardeners.

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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

An incredible journey as a non-profit - helps local gardeners donate their extra produce to local pantries - many can easily do a good thing! Easy to spread the word and show what a great organization this is.

Jamie W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Ample Harvest has helped us be able to reach out and give a hand up to others. Their FB page is a great place to learn as well. They help with making sure there is less food waste, places for us to donate fresh produce, and that people get to enjoy the basic things many take for granted - produce. They sent us seeds this year for donating use. That little packet of seeds..we took it to the local womens shelter and built raised beds with small fencing for the beans to grow on, added tomato plants, a herb garden and added marigolds/flowers for both pest control and to help the plants, bell peppers, squashes, zuchinnis, okra, 7 types of melons, and corns. We also made a small compost area with them. The residents enjoyed the control it allowed them to do this, the peacefulness of gardening, being able to teach their children how to garden and the fruits of their labor. There was a need we didnt know existed - til that little packet of seeds came in the mail. Thank you.

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.

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The team is tireless and deeply innovative! They find ways to leverage existing systems and operate within an efficient model to provide immediate, sustainable solutions to the issue of food insecurity. And they have a specific focus on scalability.

Board Member

Rating: 5

They are successfully creating a resource for people to find food pantries that accept fresh produce to help reduce food waste and hunger.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I do not personally have a garden, but I know about this organization since its inception. I think ampleharvest.org is a wonderful nonprofit where gardeners donate food from their gardens that they cannot use personally to food pantries that need fresh fruits and vegetables. I know it helps a great number of people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ampleharvest.org has a great mission. They help promote food banks and connect people to them. They help to prevent waste and provide more nutritious food to the people that need it most.

Jennifer W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was thankful to find ampleharvest.org. It was easy to locate a place I could bring my extra garden harvests too from their website. The cause is great and really simple but incredibly needed. I’m a small backyard gardener so no large batches.
Unfortunately i could only find a food bank which would reply from the list. They were always grateful and assured me they did have small orgs who would come and use the herbs and veggies. In a larger community I think I would be able to find small dinnertime pantries where small batches might be very useful. Maybe there should be some review or checkin on the pantries signing up. 3 in my 15 mile radius didn’t return calls or emails when I reached out to ask when I could bring in harvests.

I will continue to be part of the effort through ampleharvest.org no matter where I live! It’s easy and a great cause to volunteer with!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do wonderful work! Helping to get fresh produce into food pantries is a win win for everyone.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org is helping to fill a gap with many food pantries. Fresh produce is typically hard to find at food pantries, relying on more shelf stable products. Now AmpleHarvest.org is helping connect local sources of produce, mainly local gardeners with their local food pantries. Visit our website to connect with AmpleHarvest.org.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping make durable connections between those with excess food and those in need of it; with little infrastructure cost