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Anyone with extra garden produce or store bought items is now able to donate to a local food pantry using their Android phone. Campaign Announces Android App for
West Milford, NJ, April 14, 2011 --( The Campaign announces the availability of the Android app. Like the previously released free iPhone app, it enables anyone wishing to donate excess garden produce or store bought items to a local food pantry (also called food shelf, cupboard, closet or bank in some parts of the country) to easily find one.

While more than 50 million Americans who are food insecure usually cannot get fresh produce at a food pantry, many of the 40+ million Americans who grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and nuts in their gardens find that they’ve grow more than they can use, preserve or give to friends. solves this dilemma by enabling these gardeners to deliver the excess produce directly to a local food pantry.

The Campaign was created in 2009 to help growers who wanted to share their bounty with the needy in their community but were unable to find a nearby food pantry. This excess food was often left to rot in the garden, composted or simply thrown away. Since its rollout, more than 3,500 food pantries (about 1 out of every 10 in America) spread across all fifty states have registered on the free site and more are signing up daily.

According to founder and CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer, “The original thinking behind the Campaign was to create an organization that could prevent the loss of food that was usually left to rot in gardens by creating a solution that would enable growers to easily find a local food pantry eager for this bounty. The web site was created to accomplish this. However, when some food pantries started using to list store bought items they urgently needed, it became clear that they saw also saw it as a way to connect with the rest of the local community as well. Both the Android and iPhone apps help to make increasingly useful not only to gardeners living in suburban or rural areas but also to people living in urban settings.”

Using either the built in GPS or a user entered zip code, the app displays a Google map highlighting all of the registered food pantries in the area. Once a pantry is selected, it then displays detailed data including the contact and address information, days/times that the pantry can accept donations, as well as information about items the pantry most urgently needs. It can also connect the user with the pantry web site if one exists. Lastly, it also provides donors a convenient way to inform about the items or produce donated, should they wish to.

“While the food bank network does a great job of getting food stuffs to the nation’s food pantries, ” said Oppenheimer, “the pantries greatly appreciate all the community help they can get too, whether it is a shopper reaching into their back pocket or a gardener reaching into their backyard.”

In addition to helping prospective donors find a nearby food pantry, also provides both United Way 2-1-1 and National Hunger Hotline resources for individuals who have come seeking food assistance.

The AmpleHarvest Android app, available from the Android Marketplace or at was funded by a special contribution from the “Good People Fund” as well as services donated by “Stoneraven Media.”, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c3 charity which has received backing and support from the US Department of Agriculture, Google, Inc., National Gardening Association, the Garden Writers of America, Rotary International, National Council of Churches, Veterans of Foreign Wars and numerous faith groups. The Campaign works to diminish hunger in America by enabling gardeners to easily find a local food pantry eager to receive the excess garden bounty. For more information on the campaign, visit or call AMPLE-6-9880 (267-536-9880).

The Good People Fund ( is a New Jersey based non-profit organization which recognizes and helps support small, grass-roots organizations in their early stages of development.

StoneRaven Media ( is a Colorado based website creation, search optimization and mobile application development firm that provides outsourced Online Marketing services to businesses of all sizes.

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