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One out of eight Americans is food insecure, meaning they don’t know from where their next meal will come. No matter where you live, there are people in your community that are experiencing hunger. Food pantries help fill in the gaps but are continuously lacking in healthy, fresh produce to offer.  Luckily, you can help alleviate this issue in your own neighborhood!

As home gardeners, you are already doing a wonderful thing when you grow your own food. You know that it is good for you, your family, and the environment. By planting just a little extra to donate, you can improve the health of your community as well. When you donate your excess garden bounty, you are helping to relieve hunger and making an impact on obesity and other food-related diseases.

“I used to feel silly just taking a handful of peppers to the pantry until I realized how much three large, fresh, local, organic peppers would cost at the grocery store and what a gift it truly was for a mom or dad who might not have enough money to buy them for their family. That made me want to share even if I felt like it was not enough.”
– Emily, home gardener

Consider planting an extra row or even a few additional plants to donate to a local food pantry. And if you find yourself with a runaway zucchini plant or another bountiful crop that gives you more than you can eat, don’t let it go to waste! Even a small donation will help increase food security in your area.

Find a Pantry

Click here to enter your zip code to find a registered pantry near you! Then, click on that pantry to learn more about them including crucial information like their hours of operation and how much fresh produce they can accept in one delivery. When in doubt, give them a call! Most pantries are happy to answer your questions and make donating easy!

Share Your Produce

Once you find a food pantry or food bank near you, it’s time to donate your extra produce! Most food pantries have specific drop-off days and times so be sure to find out when they are available to receive donations. Please be sure to only donate food that is high-quality enough that you yourself would eat it. Donations need to be relatively clean and of a suitable ripeness. Even small donations are welcome at most pantries! Or you can always pool your resources with your neighbors to form a larger donation!

Consider donating regularly to the pantry closest to you. Your contribution will go directly to the hungry people in your community. You will have the gratitude of your community and all of us here at AmpleHarvest.org. In fact, we would love to hear about your donations! Send an email to [email protected] and let us know how much produce you were able to share. You can also visit our Facebook page and post the information there too, or use hashtag #AmpleHarvest on your Instagram photos.

Join The Cause

Your tax deductible contributions help us help you and your fellow gardeners permanently end food waste and hunger.

  • Make a small monthly donation to AmpleHarvest.org
  • See if your employer matches donations
  • Start your Amazon purchases with www.AmpleHarvest.org/Amazon. You buy, Amazon donates!
  • Start your eBay selling with www.AmpleHarvest.org/ebay and chose to donate part of your profits to AmpleHarvest.org
  • Invite your business to sponsor all of the food pantry listing in your state.

Share Your Support

Here are eight easy ways you can help end hunger in your community:

1.    Is your local food pantry on the list? If not, urge them to sign up.  It’s free!

2.    Share the donating garden produce flyer with the local garden center

3.    Share the donating garden food flyer with a community garden

4.    Share the donating farmers market leftovers flyer with the vendors

5.    Share information about Food Waste Weekend with your local faith leaders

6.    Share the AmpleHarvest.org story with your local newspaper/TV/radio station

7.    Help a university, business or other program bring in a food waste keynote speaker

8.    Get social! Share your experience with donating food to help encourage others to do the same

AmpleHarvest.org has been working since 2009 to help millions of gardeners donate to 8,200 food pantries nationwide. We’ve accomplished a lot, but we have a lot of work ahead of us, and we need your help. Making an automatic monthly donation to AmpleHarvest.org helps us as we work hard to help the remaining 24,000 food pantries nationwide also get fresh food for hungry families. We’re changing the face of hunger in America by ending the waste of gardeners bounty.

 

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