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AmpleHarvest.org
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Newfoundland, NJ

AmpleHarvest.org


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Published 4 months ago

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COVID-19 update: AmpleHarvest.org is an 11 year old hunger/food waste nonprofit which has always worked in the virtual space and has social distancing built into the model.

Diversity update: AmpleHarvest.org has been looking to expand the diversity of its board of directors. While we have always sought people without regard to race, gender, ethnicity or religion, we are particularly interested in improving the board's balance. We're also looking for people who are in areas of the country other than the NY/NJ region which is currently over-represented.

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AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide non-profit attacking food waste and hunger by attacking a key cause of it : the waste of food in millions of home and community gardens across America. You can learn more about it by watching out TED talk at www.AmpleHarvest.org/TED


We are looking to expand the Board of Directors - preferably someone who has worked with/for nationwide non-profits and has capacity building, legal, PR, media or social innovation expertise.

AmpleHarvest.org is a cutting edge program - something that makes it very impactful.... and very difficult for funders to support. We'd love to talk to someone who can think ... and work... outside the box.


AmpleHarvest.org – What Is It?

AmpleHarvest.org is a non-profit organization that runs a 50 state program of the same name.

AmpleHarvest.org is a tech-based solution to a nationwide problem most people never knew about: waste of over 11 billion pounds of excess harvest (enough to feed 28 million people) from America’s home and community gardeners. This wasted locally grown fresh food could dramatically decrease problems of hunger and malnutrition.


Until now, there has been no way to insert fresh produce into the food pantry network. The American food bank network’s hub and spoke design prevents acceptance of this food. It is designed to collect packaged food, move it to a centralized location, and deliver it to pantries. The refrigeration, special trucks, and timely delivery required to supply fresh produce is impossible under this model.


The AmpleHarvest.org model solves the problem by enabling gardeners to find local pantries and deliver their produce. By flatting the process – enabling the growers who have excess produce to take their produce directly to a local food pantry – the freely available food travels the least distance to a food pantry.

Harvesting and transportation of the food to the pantry is done by the gardener and the ultimate distribution of the food to hungry families remains with the food pantry.


The initial linkage of the two results both from AmpleHarvest.org's public awareness/education focused on the growers and the AmpleHarvest.org search engine populated by the food pantries themselves. Once the grower knows that and where the food can be donated, they will likely continue doing so for the rest of their gardening life – a sustainable relationship that can continue without further intervention from AmpleHarvest.org. It establishes a life-long pattern of opportunity and community engagement for growers to share their bounty.


This new design for the American food safety net addresses the following issues:


  • Food Waste
  • Hunger
  • Malnutrition including diet related diseases
  • Environment including climate change and the waste stream
  • Public/Private costs including reliance on existing food instead of purchased food.


AmpleHarvest.org – What it isn’t?

  1. A food bank program
  2. AmpleHarvest.org does not feed people. It is a virtual funnel that helps to guide food from local gardens to local food programs. This pipeline assures that the food gets to a food/feeding program, but AmpleHarvest.org is not “touching” the food.
  3. A food recovery program

AmpleHarvest.org does not actively recover (i.e. pickup and transport) excess/unused food from stores, restaurants, or farmers markets, although there are many food recovery programs that use AmpleHarvest.org to help them do their work by giving them open access to our registry.


4 A food drive

AmpleHarvest.org is not a collection point to which people can bring food (especially purchased food) that is then redistributed to food programs. Rather, it is a resource that enables growers to donate their excess harvest to a pantry as soon as it is ready for harvesting, at a time that is convenient to the grower and on a date and time shortly before the pantry clients pick up food. This eliminates any need for refrigeration and storage.


5 A peer to peer “food sharing” program

AmpleHarvest.org does not facilitate or encourage people “sharing” food with strangers. While these programs do reduce the waste of food, they generally don’t benefit hungry families – plus there is no legal protection for the donors.


6 Gardening program

AmpleHavest.org does not set up gardens nor support gardeners per se. AmpleHarvest.org is intended for gardeners who have harvested more than they can use.


7 A gleaning program

AmpleHarvest.org does not focus on farms where volunteers come in to harvest food. It instead is entirely focused on home/community gardeners (42 million, 35% of all households) that grow food for personal use.


AmpleHarvest.org – The Low Hanging Fruit

AmpleHarvest.org easily and quickly scales thanks to its reliance on technology and the outsourcing of the logistics to the millions of growers nationwide. And it does so at a far lower cost than traditional programs.

The primary challenge AmpleHarvest.org has faced is that it is so efficient; it appears to be grossly inefficient! For example, traditional food programs that budget 90% for food and 10% for staff and infrastructure is deemed relatively efficient in the non-profit world. However, because AmpleHarvest.org doesn’t incur food or handling costs, it is often seen as grossly inefficient because the remaining costs – staff, technology, and operations – consume 100% of the budget – albeit a much smaller one.


The result is that the approximately $500 million (and growing) spent annually by regional food banks nationwide (not including Feeding America’s expenditures) to purchase and distribute food, receive support far more easily than a much smaller nationwide program that is actually diminishing and ultimately eliminating the waste of fresh food.


AmpleHarvest.org is filling in the gap in the nation’s food safety net by assuring that we first use the freely available, locally grown fresh food where possible before spending resources to purchase food. More importantly, it is, building lifelong sustainable bridges between America’s home/community gardeners and the food pantries serving their neighbors in need.


We’re doing this, and we hope you will support the effort, because educating and empowering the tens of millions of growers to share their ample harvest is long overdue in a nation that wastes half of the food it grows.

COVID-19 update: AmpleHarvest.org is an 11 year old hunger/food waste nonprofit which has always worked in the virtual space and has social distancing built into the model.

Diversity update: AmpleHarvest.org has been looking to expand the…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Training Provided
  • Virtual Opportunity

Location

Newfoundland, NJ

How to Apply

Please email gary@AmpleHarvest.org or call 973-632-7568

Please email gary@AmpleHarvest.org or call 973-632-7568

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