If you’re a seasoned gardener you know there are times when you’ll have bumper crops of vegetables overflowing from your garden, and you know what it’s like to experience that wonderful feeling of being able to share your bounty with family and friends.
As you harvest your fall vegetables and begin to plan for your spring garden, why not consider sharing your bounty with those in need? One organization that is committed to reducing hunger in America is AmpleHarvest.org, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide effort to educate, enable and encourage gardeners to donate to a local food pantry—a walk-in facility where families in need can go to get food.
According to AmpleHarvest.org, one out of six Americans needs food assistance but can’t get fresh produce from the local food pantry. And, according to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans throw away one pound of food per person, per day. A sad statistic, considering there are many people who do not have food to eat. For more information on food waste read our Waste Not, Want Not blog post.
Currently there are 2,833 food pantries across the United States registered with AmpleHarvest.org. Find a food pantry near you then help reduce hunger and food waste in America.
AmpleHarvest.org even offers a free iPhone app, so you can easily and quickly find a local food pantry. In August 2010, AmpleHarvest.org was listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a food rescue resource.
If you’re new to gardening and planning your spring garden, consider planting extra so you can donate fresh, healthy produce to those who truly need help in obtaining nutritious foods for their families.