Announces Repeat of Last Year's Successful "Centerpieces for Pantries" Initiative

Nationwide hunger/nutrition campaign recommends replacing Thanksgiving table floral centerpieces with edible arrangements to be donated to a local food pantry the next day.

Newfoundland, NJ, November 16, 2012 --( The Campaign announces the repeat of last year’s successful initiative, “Centerpieces for Pantries.”

Millions of families nationwide will be celebrating Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season with a sumptuous dinner table graced with a floral centerpiece. The “Centerpieces for Pantries” initiative encourages people to use edible arrangements made of fruits and vegetables instead of floral arrangements, which can be donated to local food pantries the next day.

“Pretty as they are, flowers quickly wilt and need to be thrown away within days. Instead, a bowl or basket of whole fruit and/or vegetables can be used as a beautiful centerpiece for that special dinner – and can then be donated to a local food pantry the following day,” said Gary Oppenheimer, founder of

For millions families who rely on food pantries to help feed their family, Thanksgiving will just be another evening struggling to get food on the table. Let the centerpiece grace your table one day and feed another family the next.

“These arrangements can be purchased from floral and gift companies or can be made at home. You can even have children in the household contribute by letting them create it with whole fruit, vegetables and nuts purchased at a local store or farmers market,” Oppenheimer added. “It important to remember that food pantries can only accept whole food. If the fruit or vegetables are cut, carved or pierced with tooth picks, they will not be accepted by most food pantries.”

Visit to find a food pantry in your neighborhood eager for donations, and to learn more about “Centerpieces for Pantries,” visit

About, Inc. is a not-for-profit charity with nearly 6,000 food pantries registered across all 50 states and more signing up daily.

The Campaign, in pursuit of its “No Food Left Behind” mantra, works to diminish hunger, improve nutrition and help the environment in America by enabling gardeners all over the country to easily find a local food pantry eager to receive their excess garden bounty.

The organization has received support from the White House, USDA, Google, Inc, National Gardening Association, Garden Writers of America, National Council of Churches, Feeding America, food banks nationwide, numerous faith groups and many other organizations. For more information on the campaign, visit, or call AMPLE-6-9880 (267-536-9880).

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