Ample Harvest Helps Gardeners Share Excess Produce with Neighbors in Need



Photo Credit: Megy Karydes

Many of us who garden are now in the thick of harvest season. Friends are complaining that while they love the fresh produce they are growing in the backyards and admit they wait all year to taste those delicious tomatoes and green beans, they are overwhelmed with the amount and hate to see it go to waste. According to AmpleHarvest.org, more than 40 million of us grow fruit, vegetables herbs and nuts in home gardens - often more than we can use, preserve or give to friends.

Yet, on the other side of the food spectrum, more than 50 million Americans live in food insecure homes (including a quarter of all children under the age of six).

Last year we profiled Todd Jones and his business Every Last Morsel which aims to connect those who grow food with their neighbors who want access to fresh produce. Another option is to donate your excess harvest to your local food pantry and AmpleHarvest.org can help.

The AmpleHarvest.org campaign is a national effort utilizing the Internet that enables 40+ million Americans who grow food in home gardens to easily donate their excess harvest to one of 6,383 registered local food pantries spread across all 50 states. How easy is it? As easy as going online, finding your local food pantry by entering your zip code. Within seconds another window will pop up with the locations of nearby food pantries complete with address, website and hours it accepts donations. If you have questions about what you can bring, a contact name, phone number and email for that pantry is listed for your convenience.

The goal of AmpleHarvest.org is to help eliminate hunger in America by connecting those who grow excess food with food pantries. So now we don’t have to feel guilty when we can’t eat anymore of our tomato stash. In fact, we can feel better knowing others in our community will be able to reap the benefits of eating healthy food and the fruits of our labor!

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