AmpleHarvest.org encourages and enables gardeners across the United States to donate their excess garden bounty to local food pantries. But, what about when the garden is resting for the winter? You can still reduce hunger in your community with this super fun and creative DIY project called Centerpieces for Food Pantries. The idea is simple and possibilities are endless! Here’s how:
1. Gather some fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden, the grocery, or farmers market.
2. Arrange the whole, uncut fruits and vegetables in a basket, bowl or just on your table. Be sure to take a picture of your creation and share it with us. Post it to our Facebook wall, upload it to Instagram and tag it with hashtag #ampleharvest, or email it to us at [email protected].
3. Enjoy! Display your creation on your holiday dinner table. Make it a conversation piece! Tell your family and friends that you care about the 1 in 6 Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from and you are doing your part to help the hungry in your community. Tell them that the beautiful food that’s decorating your table today will be donated to a local food pantry to help feed a family in need.
4. Donate that food! Visit AmpleHarvest.org/find-pantry to search for a food pantry near you. Any pantry you find on our site is ready and able to accept fresh food donations. You can find the hours they are open and in many cases you can see a list of other items that they may need as well.