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Food Day 2014 – AmpleHarvest.org

food-day_2014October 24 is Food Day–a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it. With Food Day, we can celebrate our food system when it works and fix it when it’s broken.

AmpleHarvest.org is a national partner of Food Day 2014 because we believe that when we work together we can reduce hunger in our communities by increasing access to fresh and healthy foods for all. We believe that no food should be wasted. No food should be left behind in a home or community garden. We work hard to make it simple for food growers of all stripes to donate their extra vegetables, fruits, herbs and nuts to their local food pantries where it can be distributed to our most vulnerable communities.

Join us in celebrating this world day of action and reflection by getting involved with our campaign to move food from garden to pantry!  From the comfort of your home computer (or work computer on your coffee break!), you can make a huge difference in your community.  Here are some simple ways to take action for Food Day:

1. If you’ve got even the tiniest of green thumbs, pledge to plant some extra veggies in your garden to donate to your local food pantry. Take the pledge hereScreen shot 2014-09-03 at 10.05.41 AM

2. If your thumbs aren’t green at all, that’s ok! Tap into your creative side and create a whole fruit or vegetable centerpiece for your holiday table. When you’re done enjoying it, donate the whole thing to your local food pantry and it will bless TWO tables! Read more about our Centerpieces for Pantries campaign at www.AmpleHarvest.org/holiday

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3. Help us spread the word about AmpleHarvest.org the 42 million Americans who are growing food gardens! Like our facebook page, and invite your friends to like it too. Join us on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Write a blog article about AmpleHarvest.org–there’s a sample blog post and graphics on this page.

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4. Help a food pantry get registered on AmpleHarvest.org so that growers can find them when they have extra food to donate.  When you’ve located a food pantry in your community, check to see if they are already registered by searching at www.AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry. If they are not there, give them a call or send them an email letting them know that registering on AmpleHarvest.org is FREE and it will help them get fresh food donations for their clients!

 

3 Responses

  1. Nan

    I haven’t quite built up my garden to the point where I have much to give away, but when that day arrives, one of the concerns I have is about e-coli. I have used aged horse manure, fresh & aged rabbit manure, and compost with chicken manure. Plus, deer and squirrels sometimes pass through. While I know that the bad strain of e-coli usually comes from ruminants which I avoid, I worry that if I donate food, and if someone gets sick (not necessarily from my food) that I could be liable. Is this a legitimate concern? An unwarranted one? Please advise. Thank you!

    1. Nan, that’s a great question! It is thoughtful of you to be concerned, but you don’t need to worry! As long as the food you donate is of a quality that you yourself would eat, and you donate it to a non-profit food distribution agency (all of the ones registered on AmpleHarvest.org fit that requirement), you are legally protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act if anyone gets sick from eating the food you donate (you can see the language here: . While it’s comforting to know you’re protected, I understand not wanting anyone to get sick either way! So, you can wash the food before donating to help remove organic matter that you’re describing and it will also likely be washed several times before it is eaten so the chances of someone getting sick are very small. Keep us posted on your garden. We’re happy to hear that you’re growing and we would love to hear when you’ve got enough to make a donation! So, please, keep in touch!

  2. Nan

    Thank you Emily for the fast, kind, and informative reply. I went and read the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Because my goal is healthy nutrient-dense organic food, I always try to employ good garden practices (& have read publications on it.) We’ve never had any food illness, but the thought of donating food (probably because those publications are a bit frightening) made me feel a little vulnerable. My fears are now hushed.

    Fortunately, aside from my small flock’s composted manure, I’m shifting to green manures. It’s less work; I don’t need to monitor what the sources ate; and I’ll be able to donate food fairly fret free. :^)

    I used your ‘Find A Pantry’ locator and found one closer than the one we’ve donated grocery-store food to. Booyah! Confetti toss! :^D

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