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AmpleHarvest.org

No Food Left Behind

aka AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.   |   Newfoundland, NJ   |  www.AmpleHarvest.org

Mission

AmpleHarvest.org reduces food waste and hunger in all 50 states. We do this by educating and enabling 62 million home and community gardeners to share their excess harvests with one of more than 8,000 local food pantry instead of letting it go to waste. The nations gardeners grow enough excess to feed 28 million hungry people sustainably. The idea is incredibly simple yet impactful and has won many awards including CNN Hero, Points of Light and was nominated for the World Food Prize. Our work is about fixing and improving the food system so that locally grown fresh food isn't wasted and hungry families get improved nutrition.

Notes from the nonprofit

While most food programs purchase and then distribute food to the hungry, AmpleHarvest.org uses information and technology to create a logistics free sustainable bridge between the excess fresh food already in the community and nearby food pantries without actually engaging in the transaction itself. This creates an unparalleled efficiency and scalability focused on permanently ending two problems at the same time - food waste and the lack of fresh food at pantries. Despite the elegantly simplicity of the solution, it has been difficult to fund because our not needing support for logistics, brick and mortar, or material goods is so “outside the box". Philanthropic and corporate partners are actively sought to help us help millions of food insecure families permanently get access to billions of pounds of excess locally grown fresh food - for years to come. If you are looking to actually solve problems rather than just react to them, this is the nonprofit you want to support.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder/Exec. Director

Gary Oppenheimer

Main address

24 Clover Rd

Newfoundland, NJ 07435 USA

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Formerly known as

The AmpleHarvest.org Campaign

EIN

27-2433274

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

America's food pantries rarely, if ever, have fresh food. America's 62 million gardeners grow 11 billion pounds of surplus harvests every year. This food, enough to feed 28 million hungry people, has been historically lost to waste. AmpleHarvest.org bridges these two problems together on a nationwide level to make each, a solution for the other.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AmpleHarvest.org

This program is a nationwide effort eliminate the waste of locally grown food in America.

We do thing by educating, encouraging and enabling America's 42 million home and community gardeners to share their excess harvest with a local food pantry.

The program is two tiered... both in reaching the growers across America and helping them learn that they can now donate food, AND enabling them to do so by expanding the opt in registry of food pantries eager for the assistance.

The result is less food wasted, more healthy food for the nations food insecure families and an improved environment. See www.AmpleHarvest.org/atwork for 2 recent TV news stories.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Faith Fights Food Waste (#FoodWasteWeekend) – a nationwide opportunity for the faith community (Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, Unitarian-Universalists, and non-secular spiritual) to learn about and address waste of food from their own faith perspective – has been announced by AmpleHarvest.org. It educates and enables clergy of all faiths to give faith specific sermons on food waste including donating excess garden produce to local food pantries.

The program includes calls to action and even material for the religious school. Note that AmpleHarvest.org does not promote religion or any particular religion, but it does partner with the faith community as part of its goal of enabling food pantries nationwide to receive locally grown surplus harvests.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Buddhists
Jewish people
Hindus
Muslims

Where we work

Awards

CNN Hero 2010

CNN

Greatest Person of the Day 2010

Huffington's Post

Game Changer 2011 2011

Huffington's Post

In Harmony With Hope 2012

Elfenworks Foundation

Points of Light 2013

Points of Light

Nominee 2014

World Food Prize

Affiliations & memberships

Points of Light Foundation 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participating food pantries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of member food pantries. Critical for the number of locations growers can donate food to. As of 12/23, this covers 4,200 communities across all 50 states. Note COVID forced some to close

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AmpleHarvest.org eliminates the waste of locally grown fresh food that occurs in millions of home and community gardens across all 50 states by enabling these growers to share their surplus harvest with a local food pantry on a sustainable and permanent basis. This is critical because the food bank/pantry network in the United States has, up to now, been unable to accept and distribute fresh food.

AmpleHarvest.org solved that.

Because we use "just-in-time" inventory logic, this logistics free solution does not require food pantries to buy costly refrigeration or storage.

Starting in 2023, with the leadership and help of Tribal elders and Indigenous food sovereignty experts, AmpleHarvest.org has made the program available for use on Native American reservations by solving logistics issues that have prevented other solutions from taking hold.

It important to note that AmpleHarvest.org is not a feeding program - it is a program that gets people fed. We are the infrastructure between the growers across America and the food pantry in their own community.

Our solution has two separate but parallel tracks:

1. Educate growers nationwide that they can, for the first time, donate food. Historically, any attempts to share their bounty was thwarted because they could not find a food pantry, and if/when they found one, the food was refused. The refusal was because the pantries thought they'd be unable to accept and handle the food. The just in time logic built into AmpleHarvest.org solved that. We have partnered with Google, Bonnie Plants, the USDA, Home Depot and others to help gardeners learn that the solution to hunger is in their back yard.

2. Create a customized nationwide search engine of local food pantries eager for the fresh food and make it freely available online. This ongoing effort involves a close working relationship with the nation's Feeding America food bank network. Today, more than 25% of these pantries are a part of AmpleHarvest.org.

Everything AmpleHarvest.org does is cloud-based meaning we can scale to any/every community in real time without the need for local offices or staff/volunteers. This makes AmpleHarvest.org extraordinarily efficient and effective because we're solving misinformation and missing information problems that have kept healthy food from getting to food insecure families.

AmpleHarvest.org both discovered and documented the problem of garden food waste, and it invented the most efficient solution possible. More importantly, it did so with a methodology that not only scales, but is now being replicated in other countries.

AmpleHarvest.org has demonstrated since 2009 the capacity to use technology to efficiently and simply solve what has historically been viewed as a costly and difficult problem to solve: food waste and hunger.

It was founded by a CNN Hero and World Food Prize nominee and has a staff and board dedicated to solving the issue of local garden produce food waste.

Because the grower him/her self is connected directly to the local food pantry, they deliver the food they are donating. AmpleHarvest.org has no logistics in the transaction.

As a result, our program scales immediately and efficiently as the opportunity growers. We are limited only by the reach of the Internet, the number of food pantries in the network and their distribution across the 50 states.

As of Dec 2023, AmpleHarvest.org's network includes more than 8,100 or 25% of the food pantries in 4,200 communities across the United States. As we continue to add more pantries to the network and reach more growers, an ever increasing amount of fresh food will be available to millions of hungry people receiving assistance from local food pantries.

75% of the opportunity lies ahead of us - along with 11 billion pounds of fresh food that growers have available to donate.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, We deal directly with food pantries with little or no contact with the food pantry clients.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AmpleHarvest.org

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wendy Gonzalez

Google

Term: 2023 - 2019

Gary Oppenheimer

AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.

Steve Shah

Citrix Inc.

Terry L McCray

McCrary & Company

Brian Kirkpatrick

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Martin Baumann

Adjunct Professor at The Washington Campus

Beth Rosenstein

Deloitte Global Consulting

Matthew Strabone

Palladium Equity Partners

Mike Sutterer

CEO Bonnie Plants

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.