Our Work There are 8,045 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.
Learn the impact of your dollar
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.Learn your donation's impact
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
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn More
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
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
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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AmpleHarvest.org highlighted on PBS’s Growing A Greener World.Read Article
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Ampleharvest.org founder Gary Oppenheimer nominated for World Food Prize by Vint Cerf (“Father of the Internet”), among othersRead Article
AmpleHarvest.org is one of the most innovative groups I’ve met.Jon Carson, Former Director of the Presidents Office of Public Engagement White House, DC
[AmpleHarvest.org is]a terrifically positive message in a time when positive messages are in short supply.Vint Cerf, VP at Google, "Father of the Internet"
AmpleHarvest.org… touched on an underrated problem in the food recovery world. How can individuals or institutions donate fresh food when they don’t know where to bring it?Jonathan Bloom, wastedfood.com