With the increasing number of hungry veterans, AmpleHarvest.org needs your help!

“There are only so many cucumbers and tomatoes you can pawn off on friends before they’re not friends anymore,” joked Gary Oppenheimer, founder of AmpleHarvest.org Inc., a non-profit that pairs millions of backyard gardeners with local food pantries.

“Why not give the extra harvest to people in need … people who may otherwise only have access to the typical non-perishable items.”

As the son of a WWII veteran, Oppenheimer is sensitive to the increasing number of veterans who depend on food pantries for sustenance.

“I’m working with VFW to get the word out because if pantries can offer fresh, nutritional foods, our veterans will benefit greatly,” said Oppenheimer.

As a CNN Hero, respected humanitarian and skilled gardener, Oppenheimer has received countless accolades for his groundbreaking idea. Having launched AmpleHarvest.org merely 19 months ago, the campaign has quickly gained momentum.

“All the press is great, but the real challenge is getting food pantries to register on the website,” said Oppenheimer.

AmpleHarvest.org registry currently includes almost 3,000 food pantries, but that’s only 10% of food pantries nationwide.

AmpleHarvest.org is reaching out to VFW members across America.

“If you know of a food pantry in your community, urge them to register at www.AmpleHarvest.org,” said Oppenheimer. “There’s no charge and there are no strings … just the opportunity to get healthy, fresh foods that smell great and taste even better.”

A staggering 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure, a number that’s even higher among our veteran population.

“This is an excellent way to help the people in your own community, and it could very well be the long-term hunger solution America’s been searching for,” Oppenheimer concluded.

Please visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/vfw to learn more.



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