Ample Harvest organizes donations to food pantries. And who is the food coming from? Gardeners. The beautiful end to your garden’s overage could be a gift of fresh produce to a local food pantry.

I grew up with a mother who is an excellent cook, and fresh foods were a part of most of our meals. Me and my siblings probably took this for granted, having no idea that steamed Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with butter and nutmeg were special. When I was a teenager and occasionally worked at food pantries, I couldn’t help but notice that these and other fresh side dishes were completely absent from the menu.

It is one thing to tackle the problem of hunger in America, it is another to make sure foods fresh from the garden are a part of the solution. Today I read a note from a woman with more zucchinis than she knows what to do with, and now I think of my blackberries that will be heavy with fruit at the end of August. You might be looking past your computer screen to a bowl filled with tomatoes, knowing there are a hundred more where that came from. For all of us, Ample Harvest is a web site to check out today. Even if you don’t have extra produce, you can print a flier to hang at your local garden center. So worth your time. ~Sarah

2 Responses to “Ample Harvest”
  1. Marilyn Everett says:

    Another thought would be to help out the seniors in your town or community by going to the local senior center and taking some fresh veggies by to share with them. It’s getting hard for most seniors who live on very little and sometimes cut down on food to have enough to pay for their housing and medicines. They are often the forgotten.

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