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Our Work There are 7,974 food pantries across all 50 states registered on AmpleHarvest.org. And more are joining every day.

More than 4,200 communities can receive a sustainable and recurring supply of freshly harvested, locally grown food from area growers

Since its launch in 2009, growers across all 50 states have donated billions of pounds of fresh food that would have been lost to waste.

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This tool was created by a team from the Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Association to calculate the impact of financial support provided to AmpleHarvest.org in terms of pounds of food donated by America’s growers and the number of servings of food available to hungry families nationwide.

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8.6%23.1% Produce donations have increased from 8.6% to 23.1% since AmpleHarvest.org was founded before and after 2009.

Thanks to a grant from Google Inc., we do nearly $40,000 per month worth of public awareness and education on the Internet.

  • We work with partners in the faith community such as the National 
Council of Churches to help church goers learn about their opportunity 
to donate food
  • Our extensive media coverage helps educate many more people about the opportunity to donate excess food
  • When invited, AmpleHarvest.org founder Gary Oppenheimer does speaking engagements around the country, such as this one at Wharton
  • We create partnerships with organizations such as the National Gardening Association, the Green Education Foundation and Rotary International to help spread the word far and wide

Our Results

    1. 01

      Hunger & Health

      Children, now at greater risk of obesity than ever before, are exposed to fresh produce with many learning for the first time that apples do not normally come pre-sliced in cellophane, peas come in pods and not cans and carrots are normally sweet and crunchy.

      Families are introduced to new varieties of food they may have had no prior access to and millions of pantry clients can feed their family fresh instead of processed food, thereby reducing the likelihood of diet related illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

  • Mother and child filling a fruit basket
    1. 02

      Community Engagement

      Gardeners across America enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping their neighbors in need by reaching into their backyard instead of their back pocket.

    2. 03

      Environment / Climate Change

      The carbon footprint of the pantries is reduced as locally sourced food (without packaging or cans trucked across the country that need to be disposed of) is used.

      The community waste stream is reduced (taxes too!) as excess food is donated instead of being thrown away thereby also reducing methane emissions (a climate change gas with 20 times the impact of CO2) at trash dumps.

    1. 04

      Learn the impact of donations to AmpleHarvest.org

      This tool was created by a team from the Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Association to calculate the impact of financial support provided to AmpleHarvest.org in terms of pounds of food donated by America's growers and the number of servings of food available to hungry families nationwide.

      Use the tool

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

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  • No Poverty

    End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • Zero Hunger

    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • Good Health and Well-Being

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Responsible Consumption and Production

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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