AmpleHarvest.org is an incredible "pay it forward" organization. Since it's inception in 2008, their nationwide Campaign has been educating, encouraging and enabling gardeners with extra extra produce to easily donate to a local food pantry. AmpleHarvest.org gives food pantries the opportunity to be listed in a central nationwide directory so that gardeners can share their fresh produce and, garden-by-garden, help diminish hunger in America.
Before Ample Harvest, food pantries were hard to find, in large part because most operate without an Internet site or yellow page listing. The concept continued to blossom, and in August 2009, the National Gardening Association partenered with AmpleHarvest.org to help inform it's members of the opportunity to donate garden produce. Most food pantries are only able to provide canned fruits and vegetables to their clients. AmpleHarvest.org enables your neighbors in need to get garden fresh produce that might otherwise be wasted.
Now there are 1,484 food pantries across America already registered on AmpleHarvest.org. Click here to help your neighborhood food pantry sign up too! To make things even easier, in January 2010, the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign released a free iPhone app to making it easier than ever to find a local food pantry.
Food for Thought from AmpleHarvest.org -
The number food insecure people in America exceeds the populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia - added together.