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