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 42 million home and community gardeners to share their excess harvests with one of more than 8,600 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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ending food waste in million of home/community gardens and helping that excess food get to thousands of food pantries nationwide to help nourish hungry families. Also addressing emergency food needs nationwide resulting from COVID-19 crisis - critically important because social distancing is built into the AmpleHarvest.org model.

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

Food Waste Weekend (#FoodWasteWeekend) – a nationwide opportunity for the faith community to learn about and address waste of food in America – 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. Scheduled for 3Q18 and 3Q19.

Population(s) Served

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.

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Determined by using the data from a 2 year study of home/community garden food waste (www.AmpleHarvest.org/study)

Number of participating food pantries

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

AmpleHarvest.org

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Real time number that grows on a daily basis. Critical for computing the number of gardeners that can donate food.

Percentage of gardeners who know that they can donate food

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

AmpleHarvest.org

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Determined from the results of a 2 year study on home/community garden food waste (www.AmpleHarvest.org/study)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 strives to eliminate the waste of fresh food that occurs in millions of home and community gardens nationwide by enabling these growers to share their excess 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.

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.

COVID-19 update:
1. AmpleHarvest.org is a virtual organization already designed for all staff to work from home.
2. AmpleHarvest.org does not use teams of volunteers. Each gardener works on their own and donates the food without any engagement from anyone else.
3. AmpleHarvest.org facilitates the donation at the food pantry without the donor or the food pantry staff personally meeting - keeping them both safe.

Normal response the question:
The solution required 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.

2. Create a nationwide opt-in registry of local food pantries eager for the fresh food and make it freely available on the Internet. This ongoing effort involves a close working relationship with the nation's Feeding America food bank network. Today, more than 20% of these pantries are a part of AmpleHarvest.org.

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 Jan 2020, AmpleHarvest.org's network includes more than 8,600 or 25% of the food pantries in 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.

80% 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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We learned that although we are ending food waste and hunger nationwide, we were not being as impactful in the south west and great plains as we are in the rest of the nation... we are now hard at work to remedy that. We also realized that our funders did not really grasp the impact of the monies they donated, and we learned that food pantries wanted to thank growers for the donations of the food but didn't quite know how. We created one solution (a video platform) to address both issues.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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,

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 3/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Karlin

Benecard, Inc.

Term: 2016 - 2017

Gary Oppenheimer

AmpleHarvest.org, Inc.

Steve Shah

Citrix Inc.

Terry McCray

McCrary & Company

David Karlin

Benecard Services, LLC

David Butler

Bonnier Corp

Jessica Salgueiro

Deloitte

John Powers

Deloitte

Board leadership practices

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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 03/23/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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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.
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.