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There is a lot more to than meets the eye. It enables hungry people to get food. It enables malnourished people to get healthier food. It improves the environment. It helps build communities. It supports local food sourcing.

And it does it all without costing a dime.

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Comments By Michelle Obama
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The Idea
While more than 50 million Americans live in food insecure homes (including a quarter of all children under the age of six), more than 42 million Americans grow fruit, vegetables herbs and nuts in home gardens - often more than they can use, preserve or give to friends. The rest is wasted.

It doesn't have to be that way.

The Opportunity
Struggling to feed their families, many Americans, both those chronically and recently economically challenged have come to rely on the more than 33,500 food pantries (also called food shelves, food closets, food cupboards or food banks in some areas) across America to help feed their families.

These food pantries, relying on donated and purchased foods, almost never have fresh produce and instead rely on canned or processed produce shipped from across the country at significant cost, both economic and environmental.

At the same time, millions of home and community gardeners nationwide with an abundant harvest do not know that they can share their harvest, do not know how to share their harvest and do not know where to share their harvest. solves that for them.

The Vision envisions an America where millions of gardeners eliminate wasted food, malnutrition and hunger in their own community.

The Mission, moving information instead of food to diminish the waste of fresh food, hunger and malnutrition in America, is educating, encouraging and empowering growers to share their excess harvest with the needy in their community instead of letting it rot in the garden.

The Goal
Our "No Food Left Behind" goal is a healthier and by extension, wealthier America.

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The Impact
  • Currently, 7,538 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 - for free!
  • In August 2010 (mid harvest) when 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. At the end of 2011, it had increased to more than 20 million pounds.
  • Millions of pantry clients can feed their family fresh food instead of food packaged with added salt and sugar thereby reducing the likelihood of diet related illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
  • Children, now at greater risk of obesity than ever before, are exposed to fresh produce with many learning for the first time that apples do not normally come pre-sliced in cellophane, peas come in pods and not cans and carrots are normally sweet and crunchy.
  • Gardeners across America enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping their neighbors in need by reaching into their backyard instead of their back pocket.
  • Families are introduced to new varieties of food they may have had no prior access to.
  • The carbon footprint of the pantries is reduced as locally sourced food (without packaging or cans trucked across the country that need to be disposed of) is used.
  • The community waste stream is reduced (taxes too!) as excess food is donated instead of being thrown away thereby also reducing methane emissions (a climate change gas with 20 times the impact of CO2) at trash dumps
  • All this occurs at no cost to the donor, the community or America.

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    The Campaign has been working closely with many organizations as part of our effort to help more people learn that the solution to hunger in America is in their backyard. A sampling of these collaborations are:

  • Working together with The White House and Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, we are enabling for millions of people what the First Lady advocates - healthier eating by providing access to the healthy food that would otherwise be unaffordable.
  • Winner of the Glynwood Wave of the Future 2011 award for innovation and leadership in sustainable agriculture and regional food systems.
  • Collaborations with a number of organizations such as Campus Kitchens, the National Gardening Association and the Green Education Foundation are focused on helping more children and teenagers learn about healthy eating and have or create access to fresh produce.
  • Working together with, we are turning people to are today in need of assistance into people who can tomorrow help their neighbors in need.
  • Working with AARP, we are working to educate, encourage and enable more gardeners to donate excess food from gardens to their neighbors in need.
  • and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have a joint campaign focused on helping more people become aware of the impact of donated fresh food on America's veterans, all to many of whom need the help of local food pantries to help feed their families.
  • The US Department of Agriculture has been helping to promote to America's 95,000 Master Gardeners.
  • The National Council of Churches have been working together to help more food pantries housed in local churches become aware of and register at
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been working together to help education Americans on the environmental impact of wasted food.
  • The Green Education Foundation and are working together to encourage children to learn to grow food to be donated to pantries as part of the "Plant With A Purpose" program.

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    The Organization Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit charity incorporated in the State of New Jersey.

    In the spirit of doing the greatest good while creating the smallest environmental impact possible, operates as a virtual enterprise - everyone involved works from their own location of choice and at times of their choosing.

    The staff of Inc. consists of:

    Gary Oppenheimer

    Gary Oppenheimer

    Gary Oppenheimer is our Executive Director and Founder. A self described aging geek, he has worked with computers and communications going back to the 1970's. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called "Ample Harvest" to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called to use the Internet educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states. Gary can be reached at

    Etta Einschlag

    Etta Einschlag is our new Administrative Manager in training. She has six years of experience in a range of administrative positions for a small non-profit organization. Prior to her work with charitable organizations, she taught karate and went to an acrobatics school in China. She is passionate about exercise, sports science, and engineering, and is currently looking into a master's degree program. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities (hiking, biking, boating, rock scrambling, swimming + more), carpentry projects, photography, self-education, and spiritual studies. She lives in New York State with her husband, Dan, who makes much of their food from scratch. She has long been committed to the environment and social justice, and is excited to join the team. Etta can be reached at

    Emily Fulmer

    Emily Fulmer is our Grower Outreach Coordinator. She brings to the table many years of community and faith-based organizing as well as volunteer recruitment and engagement experience. She lives in Memphis, TN and is an active volunteer with GrowMemphis, the region's only grassroots urban gardening and food justice organization. She grows vegetables in her front and back yards and has recently welcomed a small flock of Buff Orpington hens to her young family. Emily can be reached at

    Leanne Mazurick

    Leanne Mazurick is our Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator. She has worked in higher education for the last 10 years engaging students through volunteer experiences both domestically and internationally. Through these experiences, Leanne gained valuable insight into the complexities of social justice issues that impact so many. Hunger relief and sustainable agriculture are of particular interest to Leanne and she is thrilled to be combining those two passions as Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator for Leanne can be reached at

    The Board of Directors for Inc. consists of:

    Gary Oppenheimer Founder
    Executive Director
    Gary Oppenheimer
    Gary Oppenheimer, a World Food Prize nominee, CNN Hero, lecturer and speaker (including a TED presentation and a Google Tech Talk), 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow, receiver of the Points of Light Tribute award for, Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day" and " 2011 Game Changer", winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation's "Making A Difference" award, winner of the Glynwood 2011 "Wave of the Future" award, winner of the 2012 Elfenworks "In Harmony With Hope" award, Grace Communications Ecocentric Hero, Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of now makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978. He is also a Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, former community garden director, Environmental Commissioner in northern New Jersey, an avid gardener and long distance cyclist.

    Aware of the increasing hunger problem in America and, in 2009, after seeing the amount of wasted food in the community garden as well as other gardens around the country, he created - a nationwide effort to enable America's 42 million home gardeners who grow food to be able to easily find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden bounty.

    Named CNN Hero a year later, he was introduced on the Larry King Live show which was followed by a live interview with CNN anchor Ali Velshi.

    He has appeared in numerous radio and TV interviews, has spoken at Wharton's Social Responsibility conference, Temple University, the Food Conference at UC Davis, Jewish Theological Seminary, the Brooklyn Food Conference and many others.

    Because works closely with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to improve fresh food access at thousands of food pantries nationwide, he had the opportunity to meet the President and First Lady and she subsequently highlighted in a speech in early 2012.

    Gary also does public speaking about hunger and, individuals making a difference in their community as well as a variety of environmental topics.

    He also enjoys boating, hiking, farming (chickens for eggs and vegetables) and attacking challenges of all sorts. He is a firm believer in the notion that to do the impossible, you must first believe it isn't.

    Gary is available for speaking engagements and panel discussions. Contact for more information.

    Additional background information about Gary Oppenheimer is available here.

    Steve Shah
    Steve Shah
    Steve Shah is the Senior Director of Product Management and Product Marketing at Citrix Systems, NetScaler and Cloud Networking Group where leads overall product management. Leveraging his 20 years of industry experience spanning IT, Software Development, and Product Management/Marketing, he provides the Voice of the Customer.

    In addition to his almost decade of experience in application networking, he has been an entrepreneur in the mobile applications space and run a successful product strategy consultancy. Steve holds a BS/MS in Computer Science and Creative Writing from UC Riverside. During his IT years, he authored several books on Unix/Linux and Networking.

    Steven Finn
    Steven Finn
    Steven Finn is a sustainability leader and Managing Director of ResponsEcology - a sustainability and change management consulting firm helping organizations to reduce waste and drive transformational culture change with triple bottom line impact. Steven combines 25 years of strategy and control experience in the supply chain sector with a passion for sustainability and conscious capitalism. He has conducted extensive research into the problems of food security, water security, and global food waste, and has developed innovative public-private partnerships to capture and redistribute excess food to mitigate hunger.

    Steven is co-founder of the Food Systems Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania, a group which brings together thought leaders from multiple disciplines across the University community on a monthly basis, and serves as an advisor to food recovery projects in the Philadelphia region.

    Steven holds a BA in Economics from the University of Delaware, an MBA in Finance from West Virginia University, and the MSOD and MPHIL degrees in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches "Global Pennovation" - a project-based graduate class focusing on innovation for sustainability in which a multi-disciplinary group of students works to make a contribution to one of the world's most pressing sustainability problems. Steven is a frequent speaker on global food waste and food recovery topics and is the author of the blog "FoodForThoughtfulAction." Steven recently joined Casella Resource Solutions as Vice President of Organics.
    Terry L. McCrary
    Terry L. McCrary
    Mr. McCrary founded McCrary & Company in 1998 with the goal of providing financial analysis, investment advice and management services to clients on Distressed Securities and Quantitative Equity Research. Recent activities include directing the liquidation of a $400 million multi-national corporation for its secured lender, a major Hong Kong-based merchant bank; creating & implementing a corporate structure which enabled client, an NYSE-listed manufacturer of industrial equipment in Austria, to leverage its R&D expenditures by more than 2x through the use of investment and R&D tax credits and other incentives across multiple jurisdictions; leading the acquisition of a failed bank in Romania.

    Terry served as Managing Director - Research of Diem Capital Management in New York, New York from 2002 - 2006. From 1994 until 1998, Mr. McCrary served as Vice President - Research for Auerbach, Pollak & Richardson, Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut, conducting research on distressed securities where he sourced, securitized and marketed trade claims of companies reorganizing under Chapter XI.

    Mr. McCrary has also served as a guest lecturer to Carnegie Mellon's Master of Science in Computational Finance and Entrepreneurship programs. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science in Industrial Administration and from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

    Ron McCabe

    Ron McCabe
    Over the past few decades Ron has been known for his introduction of disruptive technologies and processes in a wide variety of areas including: hardware, software, chip design, insurance (actuarial process patent) and horticulture.

    As founder, president, and CEO of MiraLink Corporation, Ron has more than 17 years of experience in the rapidly emerging data storage and recovery industries. He is world-renowned for developing technologies that control the speed and use of memory bandwidth as well as controlling latency and data corruption introduced by distance and standard communications links. This early research developed many of the fundamental solutions required for many of the common cloud computing solutions available today. Ron has been awarded eleven patents in this area.

    As an active member of the horticultural community Ron is a co-founder of Ezra's Organics, a new company that specializes in grafted tomatoes. Ron is also a partner at Everbearing services where he works to develop and implement leading edge web marketing solutions He also is an active contributor to other start-ups and often provides due diligence consulting for technology investors. He is also a litigation consultant on patent structure and viability.

    Shana Starobin
    Shana Starobin
    Shana Starobin is a PhD student in Environmental Science and Policy at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and the 2011 Kenan Graduate Instructor in Ethics. With academic and professional interests in institutional design and social innovation, her research focuses on the role of business, NGOs, and civil society in fostering alternative modes of governance and institutions for addressing complex socio-economic and ecological problems, such as the private regulation of the global food supply chain.

    Prior to pursuing her PhD, Shana worked extensively in the areas of sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement internationally and in the U.S. She serves as a senior adviser to the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), a Durham-based non-profit assisting smaller enterprises in their sustainability efforts, as well as the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative (DMLI), of which she is also a co-founder.

    Shana holds two Masters degrees from Duke in Environmental Management and Public Policy as well as an AB magna cum laude in History and Science from Harvard College.

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    The Advisory Board The Advisory Board is a select group of leaders who contribute their expertise and experience to help better fulfull its role. A number of people who provide valuable guidance to request that they remain anonymous and we greatly appreciate their support too.

    Robert Egger

    Robert Egger
    Robert is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, founded DC Central Kitchen, Founder and President of CForward, founding chair of both the Mayor's Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, was also the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006, serves on the Board of the National Addiction Recovery Program, Back On My Feet, the Philanthropic Collaborative, and Chef Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen.

    Robert was included in the Non Profit Times list of the "50 Most Powerful and Influential" nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's 2007 "Lifetime Achievement" award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation "Humanitarian of the Year" award. He has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute. He is also a 15-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.

    Jonathan Bloom

    Jonathan Bloom

    Jonathan is an internationally recognized expert on food waste.

    His blog is the go to source for information on the top. He is also the auther of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)., a study of food waste in America.

    Tristram Stuart

    Tristram Stuart

    Tristram is the winner of the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize 2011 for his fight against food waste and a TED speaker, author of The Bloodless Revolution in 2006 and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal in 2009. Tristram set up the Feeding the 5000, the flagship event of a global food waste campaign where 5000 members of the public are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Tristram continues to work with a range of NGOs, governments, and private enterprises internationally to tackle the global food waste scandal.

    Stephen Beninanti

    Tristram Stuart

    Stephen is a First Vice President at RBC Wealth Management, having joined RBC after 20 years at Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he was in the restaurant business.

    A graduate of St. John's University, he is the youngest recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from them. Treasurer of (and partner organization), he and his wife operate The Gables Historic Inn and Restaurant, in Beach Haven, NJ. They have created what we regard as a successful model business incorporating exceptional cuisine, supporting sustainable local agriculture and fair employee wages...wrapping historic preservation & hospitality into responsible community citizenship.

    In the 1970s, he was co-founder of "Everything Yogurt" which launched the product now known as "frozen yogurt" and created healthy foods restaurants 30 states. .

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