Saturday, March 29, 2014

#175: Mike talks with Gary Oppenheimer of

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AmpleHarvest.orgIn this week's episode, Mike talks with Gary Oppenheimer, the Executive Director and Founder of, a self described aging geek, he has worked with computers and communications going back to the 1970's.

As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called "Ample Harvest" to get the excess food to local food pantries.

Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called to use the Internet to educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states.

In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • All About Gary Oppenheimer
  • All about
  • Just in time inventory
  • Gary Oppenheimer as a CNN Hero
  • Obstacles that faced in the early going
  • Food Pantry Restrictions
  • The goals and vision of
  • Your food donation as a tax deduction
  •'s mission
  • Eye opening statistics on the amount of food waste in America
  • How to donate to your local food pantry
  • What you should be donating
  • How to find a food pantry close to you
  • How to get your local food pantry on board
  • Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996

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About this week's Guest, Gary Oppenheimer of

While more than 50 million Americans live in food insecure homes (including a quarter of all children under the age of six), more than 40 million Americans grow fruit, vegetables herbs and nuts in home gardens - often more than they can use, preserve or give to friends.

Struggling to feed their families, many Americans, both those chronically economically challenged as well as those now impacted by the economic downturn have come to rely on the more than 33,500 food pantries (also called food shelves, food closets, food cupboards or food banks in some areas) across America to help feed their families.

These food pantries, relying on donated and purchased foods, almost never have fresh produce and instead rely on canned or processed produce shipped from across the country at significant cost, both economic and environmental.

At the same time, millions of home and community gardeners nationwide with an abundant harvest do not know that they can share their harvest, do not know how to share their harvest and do not know where to share their harvest. solves that for them. envisions an America where millions of gardeners eliminate malnutrition and hunger in their own community., moving information instead of food to diminish hunger and malnutrition in America, is educating, encouraging and empowering growers to share their excess harvest with the needy in their community instead of letting it rot in the garden.

Our "No Food Left Behind" goal is a healthier and by extension, wealthier America.

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