In 2009, Gary Oppenheimer had an idea to reduce food waste and help feed the hungry in his community by connecting those with extra produce to food pantries. Three years later, www.AmpleHarvest.org has registered nearly 5,000 food pantries nationwide. www.ecocentricblog.org/2012/03/15/our-hero-gary-oppenheimer-of-ampleharvest-org/
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Cookbook celebrates 100 years of local cooking, benefits local food banks
amazing organization (currently just in new jersey but looking to expand) that grows produce for food banks
Urban Farming at Seattle University. There are two campus community gardens. Additionally, CitySoil Farm is a public/private partnership between SU's Environmental Studies program and King County. The farm delivers environmental education, promotes resource recycling and provides food for the community. More than 8,000 pounds of produce has been shared with a local food bank.
FoodCorps: Bringing Healthy Food to Kids - Organic Connections "Last year they built and revitalized 411 school and community gardens, tending with kids some 13 football fields of fresh and healthy food. They taught more than 67,000 children about eating nutritiously.... They served up some 46,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce in school cafeterias around the country. ..."
For $40 a year, members of the West Milford Community Garden on Union Valley Road get to run their hands through their own small patch of moist earth. Nature does the rest. Each small plot yields enough produce to feed a family of four for a year, organizers said. Anything that's left over is donated to the local food pantry, Ample Harvest, to be distributed to needy families.
How to Create a Self-Sustainable Community Farm - The Healthy Honeys
The Know Your Farmer interactive map shows USDA-supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011.