Day 108: Simple and powerful sharing

Sometimes a good idea is incredibly simple.  Gary Oppenheimer had one of those simple ideas as he was working in a community garden in his home town. He saw how many gardeners had more fruit and vegetables than they could use, and simply left the excess to rot. Gary wondered if there was a way to connect those gardeners with food pantries that could use the fresh produce.

A really simple and incredibly powerful idea was born.

The AmpleHarvest.org Campaign is a national effort utilizing the Internet that enables 40+ million Americans who grow food in home gardens to easily donate their excess harvest to registered local food pantries spread across all 50 states. Gardeners, farmers and other donors can share their fresh produce and, garden-by-garden, help diminish hunger in America.

In August 2010 (mid harvest) when AmpleHarvest.org was only 15 months old, a survey of then registered food pantries indicated that more than 3 million pounds of freshly harvested locally grown produce had been donated to food pantries.

“Gary is a firm believer in the notion that to do the impossible, you must first believe it isn’t.”  His courage to move on an idea has help feed families across America. Now that’s powerful.

To register your food closet or learn how to donate from your garden, go to: http://www.ampleharvest.org/index.php

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