Ample Harvest? Grow and Give…

Ample Harvest? Eaten more tomatoes, cucumbers and squash than you thought you ever could? Tired of leaving unmarked sacks of produce anonymously for others to take? Have you preserved and still have leftovers?

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AmpleHarvest.org will connect you with local food pantries who will take the bounty of your harvest. Brilliant! Now you can share you crop success as a local gardener with folks who don’t always get home-grown.  “50 million Americans live in food insecure homes. This includes a quarter of all children under the age of six. More than 42 Americans grow fruit, vegetables and nuts in home gardens.”

Ample Harvest  connects local growers and gardeners to food pantries who will take your home-grown veggies and fruit. Their mission ‘moving information instead of food to diminish the waste of fresh food, hunger and malnutrition in America, is education, encouraging and empowering growers to share their excess harvest with the needy in their community instead of letting it rot in the garden.“ Currently, 7,435 food pantries across all 50 states are registered to receive a sustainable and recurring supply of freshly harvested, locally grown food (many for the first time) from area growers – free!

This was true find for me. This website connected me instantly to several local food banks and shelters who will take my excess but fresh tomatoes. The website not only gives you a list in your area (I narrowed mine to just 25 miles to start.)Twelve pantries came up along with a map to click for directions. They also have a tax receipt for your food donation.

So, now as I approach my Seymour like tomato plants, I feel encouraged that all the new ripe tomatoes will indeed find a home in someone’s grateful belly.

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