The founder, Gary Oppenheimer, donated the excess produce from his backyard garden to a local battered women’s shelter in 2007. He discovered that most food pantries rely completely on canned fruits and vegetables; fresh food donations are a rarity. Later, as the director of his community garden in New Jersey, he wanted to donate produce from abandoned lots and discovered that Google only showed one located 25 miles away, despite the fact that there were six food pantries in his area. He realized there was an information gap, and decided to start an online resource where food pantries could register, making it easier for gardeners to find them. AmpleHarvest.org was born.
To the extent that places like battered women’s shelters and food banks benefit, there is some potential intersection with feminism here. I know our readership must include some folks with green thumbs who might be interested in using such a resource. And please spread the word!