Getting Involved

WHAT CAN I DO?

You can help alleviate hunger and improve the health of your community- RIGHT NOW!

Anyone in America can help AmpleHarvest.org end food waste and hunger by enabling gardeners to donate fresh produce to a local food pantry. While we of course accept donations, you don’t have to have a lot of money to help us make a difference!

Click on each of the steps below to learn how you can help.

It’s as simple as A B C…D!

A Ask a food pantry in your community sign up at AmpleHarvest.org. It’s free!

B Bring AmpleHarvest.org to the growers in your community.

C Contact your friends nationwide and tell them what you did – and ask them to do it too.

D Donate excess garden produce to a nearby food pantry. And contribute to AmpleHarvest.org!

Step A

Ask a Food Pantry* to sign up at AmpleHarvest.org!

Food pantries are in nearly every community in America. They can be found in houses of worship, YMCA’s or civic buildings. Of course, they may not be easy to find; you may need to call the local house of worship and ask if they have one, maybe ask at your town hall, or possibly call the local United Way office. Ask around.

Once you have found a food pantry, click here and enter their zip code to see if the pantry is listed. If it does appear on AmpleHarvest.org, GREAT! Start looking for another one in your town. If it does not appear, try to call them to see when they are open. Ask about getting them registered.

When you contact a Food Pantry:

  • Print out this flier (Spanish version here) and show it to the food pantry manager.
  • Explain that AmpleHarvest.org is a totally free way to enable local growers to share their excess produce with the pantry.
  • Tell them that they do not need extra refrigeration or storage when they arrange for the growers to donate a few hours before the clients pick up the food.
  • Reassure them that they do not need internet or even a computer at the pantry.
  • Urge them to register as soon as possible. If they have no access to a computer to register, they can use one at the public library or a friend’s home.

Important Notes:

  • Do not register a food pantry yourself. We only want to include food pantries that want to be listed on AmpleHarvest.org.
  • If they have questions, direct them to the Food Pantry page on our website.
  • Lastly, ask them if they know of another food pantry in the community that you can also reach out to.

*Food pantries, possibly called “food shelves”, “food closets”, “food cupboards”, “food shares” or even “food banks” in your community, are neighborhood places where people needing help to feed their family can come to get extra food.

You can learn more at:

CNN

PBS’s Growing A Greener World

TEDx

Our FAQ

Step B

While AmpleHarvest.org works hard on the national level to help growers learn about sharing their excess garden produce with food pantries, we rely on people in the community (that’s you!) to help spread the word locally.

Help us recruit more Gardeners!

  • Print out this two-sided flier to post around your town!
  • Take it to local garden shops, nurseries, hardware stores and big stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Sears, Lowe’s etc. Ask them to post it in a conspicuous location, preferably near the cash register.
  • You can also ask to post it on supermarket bulletin boards, health clubs and house of worship notice boards.
  • Reach out to the growers in your community directly.

Involve the Media! 

Public awareness of AmpleHarvest.org is key towards making the campaign successful in your community!

  • Please reach out to the local radio and TV stations as well as newspapers and ask them to report on AmpleHarvest.org “taking root” in your community. Direct them to the AmpleHarvest.org press kit for all of the information they’ll need.
  • Message bloggers you are familiar with and invite them to write about AmpleHarvest.org.

Tell those in your community!

  • Tell your neighbors who have herb and vegetable gardens or fruit trees that they can help neighbors in need by donating excess garden produce to a local food pantry.
  • Visit a nearby community garden and ask to post this flier on their bulletin board.
  • Visit a nearby farmers market and ask to post this flier where the vendors can see it.
  • Ask local houses of worship to post this flier (ChristianJewishMuslim versions) on their bulletin board or in their newsletter.
  • Urge local schools to talk about food waste, community nutrition and the environment.
  • Inform organizations looking for keynote speakers that AmpleHarvest.org has passionate and inspiring speakers. They can contact [email protected] for additional information.

Step C 

AmpleHarvest.org is a viral effort to change the way millions of gardeners nationwide handle the excess food in their garden. Be a part of that effort by reaching out to all of your friends and family and let them know that they can become a big part of reducing hunger and malnutrition in their community while also helping the environment – and it won’t cost them a dime.

Help us to spread the word! 

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! And invite your friends to like our pages too.
  • Share on your own social media pages that you have donated to a food pantry or supported AmpleHarvest.org.
  • Ask family and friends to be a part of AmpleHarvest.org by doing what you’ve done –take a few minutes out of your day to change the future of your community and country.
  • As you make new friends, tell them about AmpleHarvest.org, too. As your network keeps growing, help AmpleHarvest.org to do the same.  Friendly competition is always fun – maybe dinner and drinks for the biggest donor!

Step D

Donate Excess Produce

Are you a home gardener? A farmer? Someone who grows herbs on a kitchen window? Do you grow more than you can use, preserve or give to friends? Share it!

  • When you harvest more than you can use, find a food pantry near you that desperately needs help. Enter your zip code here to find a nearby food pantry. Then simply take the excess food there on the day the pantry is accepting produce donations. You can do it for years to come.
  • Next time you go to the supermarket, take AmpleHarvest.org. When you find food on sale, use our mobile site to find a nearby food pantry, eager for your assistance.
  • At your next special event, use fruit instead of flowers for the centerpieces. Then find a local food pantry and donate the remaining whole fruit.
  • If a friend is moving to a new home, encourage them to donate their remaining unopened (and unexpired) boxes, jars and cans of food in the kitchen to a local food pantry. You might want to give MoveForHunger.org a try! They are a moving company that will move your stuff AND take your food to a local food bank!
  • Are you a high school or college student? Check out Campus Kitchens Project or the Food Recovery Network to find ways to reduce food waste and feed the hungry in your community.
  • If you have any questions about donating food from your garden, we’ve probably answered it in our FAQ … check it out.

Contribute to AmpleHarvest.org

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You now understand the impact AmpleHarvest.org has on hunger, nutrition and the environment in your community. We are working hard to do the same in cities and towns across America. A generous tax deductible contribution to AmpleHarvest.org, large or small, can go a long way toward impacting hunger in America. Your contribution goes directly towards the work of alleviating food insecurity and will help to reduce hunger, food waste, obesity, diabetes and hypertension, while enabling millions of Americans to help their neighbors in need. Please help us by contributing to AmpleHarvest.org today.