Second Harvest Heartland is always looking to find new sources of fresh fruits and vegetables for our neighbors in need. Programs like Retail Food Rescue and Share Fresh MN are a significant source of fresh foods, but individual gardeners can also have a huge impact on a local level.
With the help of AmpleHarvest.org, a free nationwide program that enables home gardeners to easily donate excess garden produce to local food pantries, gardeners can help their neighbors in need by reaching into their backyard instead of their back pocket. More than 7,000 food pantries across all 50 states have already registered with more signing up every day. Since 2011, local growers have donated more than 20 million pounds of freshly harvested produce to over 7,000 food pantries across all 50 states.
In the Twin Cities metro area alone, more than 30 food pantries are registered to accept produce through AmpleHarvest.org. If you’re a gardener with extra produce to share, you can find the nearest participating food pantry here. If you’re a food pantry and would like to register with AmpleHarvest.org, click here.
It’s never been easier for gardeners to make a significant impact on hunger in our communities, so please consider helping your local food pantry this summer!