Food For Thought An estimated 100 billion pounds of food, enough to totally eliminate hunger, is thrown away annually in the United States. It does not have to be this way - and you can help. Your support of the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign helps many more food pantries receive fresh produce - improving community health while also helping the environment.
Helpful Links - Documents
Listen to a recording of our May 2015 conference call on Starting a Food Pantry Garden. This conference will be helpful for those who wish to start a garden at or for a food pantry to increase fresh food available to clients. Stay tuned for information about future conference calls on similar topics. After listening, please fill out our survey and let us know what you think at www.AmpleHarvest.org/foodpantrygardensurvey
National Resource Defense Council white paper "Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill"
USDA white paper(summary) "The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States - summary"
USDA white paper "The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States"
Public Law 104-210 104th Congress "Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act"
National Gardening Association 2014 white paper "Garden To Table - A 5 year look at food gardening in America"
National Gardening Association 2009 white paper "The Impact of Home and Community Gardening In America"
Feeding America "The Good Samaritan Act"
Helpful Links - Sites
White House AmpleHarvest.org highlighted on the White House web site.
National Gardening Association offers one of the Web's largest and most respected array of gardening content for backyard gardeners including "how to" information and free newsletters
Gardener's Supply Company is an employee owned company that "is in business to spread the joys and rewards of gardening, because gardening nourishes the body,elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place."
America's Grow a Row is an organization that grows and gleans fresh, healthy produce that is then donated to food pantries, soup kitchens, crisis centers, and food banks all over the state of New Jersey
Family to Family A program creating a bridge between suburban communities with enough to share and some of our country's most impoverished areas
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger
Produce for Better Health Foundation Produce for Better Health Foundation offers the Fruits & Veggies - More Matters health initiative. In simple, user-friendly ways, the Fruits & Veggies - More Matters health initiative offers expert cooking advice, nutrition information and shopping tips. Great information for children.
Grow a Row (the Canadian equivalent to AmpleHarvest.org) builds on the long-standing tradition of gardeners loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program to assist in feeding the hungry in their own communities
US Department of Agriculture Consumer Corner Hunger and Food Aid Information
Wasted Food is a blog by author Jonathan Bloom that takes an in-depth look at food loss in America
EPA Food Donation: Feed People-Not Landfills
State Cooperative Extension Web Sites
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for "homes and gardens", "landscape", "consumer horticulture", etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state's site lacks.