AmpleHarvest.org Launches “AmpleHarvest.org in Indian Country”


AmpleHarvest.org in Indian Country

AmpleHarvest.org is the perfect example of a program that empowers people to take ownership of a problem and solve it without the need for engagement from outside their community or nation.

AmpleHarvest.orgthe nation’s only cloud-based solution to hunger and food waste, announced a new program for Indian Country as part of its “big and bold” commitment to the White House goal of ending hunger in India. America by 2030. AmpleHarvest.org in Indian Country helps food pantries on reservations receive fresh food donations from nearby home/community gardeners.

AmpleHarvest.org connects America’s 62 million gardeners to 8,000 participating pantries. This program takes advantage of billions of pounds of surplus crops and the desire of gardeners to donate them.

According to Executive Director and Founder Gary Oppenheimer, “As AmpleHarvest.org has grown to more than 4,200 communities since 2009, we’ve noticed some areas of the country where the model isn’t ‘taking root’ and that has deeply affected us. concerned. Closer examination showed that much of this overlapped with Native American reservations. We knew that hunger and nutrition were critical issues on many reserves. Discussions with tribal elders and indigenous food experts informed us that the tradition of sharing food is intrinsic to all nations.

Based on the advice and help of people from many bookings, AmpleHarvest.org has pivoted from its previous “one size fits all” approach. AmpleHarvest.org in Indian Country takes a proven model and adapts it to meet the distinct circumstances found in Indian country. Some of the circumstances include a unique pantry pattern, lack of traditional addresses, and limited internet access.

A key part of this solution was partnering with an innovative location technology company called what3words. He divided the world into 10ft x 10ft squares and gave each square a combination of three words: a what3words address. What3words’ technology allows AmpleHarvest.org to direct gardeners to a pantry even if it doesn’t have a traditional address. Google and Bonnie Plants helped sign up for this program.

According to Chief Henry Red Cloud (Lakota) of Pine Ridge, White House Champion of Change winner and key advisor and guide for this program, “I have seen Gary Oppenheimer and his team develop AmpleHarvest.org since 2009, helping Thousands of pantries obtain locally grown surplus crops from nearby gardeners. When Gary came to me years ago asking for my help and advice to ensure that this award-winning program could also benefit Indian Country, I was more than happy to help. Over the past year, he and his team have been guided by tribal elders and Native American food sovereignty experts to tailor AmpleHarvest.org to our specific needs while bringing in new technologies to help address certain reservation-specific challenges. AmpleHarvest.org is the perfect example of a program that empowers people to take ownership of a problem and solve it without the need for engagement from outside their community or nation.

AmpleHarvest.org in Indian Country begins a phased rollout focused on reservations located in southern states where gardening will continue later in the season. We will then welcome all reservations nationwide beginning in early 2023,” Oppenheimer noted. “Our goal will be to ensure that every gardener in a tribal community can donate their surplus crop for the remainder of their gardener’s life.

About AmpleHarvest.org: AmpleHarvest.org, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization ending hunger and food waste nationwide by connecting millions of home/community gardeners to thousands of local pantries, each eager to receive and then distribute the producer’s surplus harvest. For more information, visit http://www.AmpleHarvest.org/presskit or call AMPLE-6-9880 (267-536-9880).

About what3words: Co-founded in London in 2013 by Chris Sheldrick, what3words is a simple way to talk about specific places. A what3words address is a user-friendly way to share very specific locations with other people or enter them into platforms and machines such as ridesharing apps or e-commerce checkouts. It is optimized for voice typing and contains built-in error prevention to identify and correct typing errors immediately.

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