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AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.

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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 Gary Oppenheimer in mid 2009, AmpleHarvest.org has already registered more than 8,000 (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 8,000 food pantries (food banks, food shelves, and food closets) nationwide

Geographic areas served: all 50 states

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ending food waste, hunger & helping enviro nationwide. Most effective program of its kind. Brilliant!

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.

Ingeborg O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

while i'm neither a gardener nor a food pantry person, i so admire the efforts of folks who promote programs that relieve hunger and other forms of human suffering! ampleharvest.org does so with heart and soul, and at no $ cost to either gardener or food pantry! bravo!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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.

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!

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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

Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest.org operates a tech platform to eliminate food waste by linking food pantries and gardeners with excess produce. It's a highly efficient way to match hungry people with nutritious food and an important tool in battling food insecurity in the US.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AmpleHarvest has done a great job of making it easy to find where to donate my excess garden produce. I wish they could tell more people what they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff is excellent--very caring and helpful. They are doing important work and seem to genuinely believe in the mission at a very personal level.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mary393

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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