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Gary Oppenheimer is the Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvestorg

Gary Oppenheimer-  2015 New Jersey Heroes nominee

This month is getting some special attention from New Jersey! Our Founder and Executive Director, Gary Oppenheimer, has been recognized by New Jersey’s First Lady, Mary Pat Christie, with a nomination to become this year’s New Jersey Hero. If he wins the vote, will receive $7,500! (Click here to vote now.)

Gary started in New Jersey while he was volunteering in a community garden that had extra produce with no one to claim it (Click here to read more about how it all started). He still lives and gardens in New Jersey, but this one-of-a-kind program he started has spread into all 50 states. was born and raised in New Jersey and now helps millions of gardeners across the country donate their billions of pounds of excess garden bounty to tens of thousands of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Screen shot 2015-08-18 at 11.40.24 AMThe New Jersey Heroes program mission is to “recognize, celebrate, and promote” the work done by individuals and non-profit organizations in New Jersey who inspire others to give back to their community. Gary is the epitome of this mission. Rather than spending money to transport food from garden to pantry, Gary’s simple solution provides gardeners and farmers everywhere with the information needed to connect the dots between their extra food and hungry families in their community.

We believe he is a hero! We want the world to know! Help us claim this prize for Gary and for by voting for him every day from now through 10am Eastern Time on August 31st. Right now we’re behind in the polls. We need your votes! If is selected, we will receive a $7,500 grant to help us continue expanding into every community across America.

Please take a moment now to vote at Please forward this link to your friends, share it on facebook and twitter, and help us recognize Gary for his outstanding work. Of course, you know, he’d say that the REAL heroes are the gardeners who share their food with those in need. He’s right.

Thanks for all you do!


Emily Fulmer, Grower Outreach Coordinator at

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