New York City, NY (PressExposure) December 09, 2009 -- The Nourishing Kitchen of New York City is pleased to announce that it has joined the AmpleHarvest.org campaign - a nationwide effort to enable neighborhood soup kitchens to be easily located by local backyard gardeners wishing to share their excess garden bounty with neighbors in need.
Local soup kitchens usually receive their supplies from regional food banks, government programs and neighborhood donations. They generally do not include fresh produce because of distribution and storage issues leaving soup kitchen clients with access only to canned vegetables and fruit.
With one out of seven American families now relying on soup kitchens to help feed them, the soup kitchens often have a hard time meeting the demand.
At the same time, millions of backyard gardeners across America frequently find that their vegetable and fruit gardens provide far more produce than they can possibly use or share with friends. The remainder is often either left to rot in the garden or put into the trash, which produces methane as it decomposes - a global warming gas.
Gardeners who want to share part of their harvest are often unable to find local soup kitchens because they typically don't have yellow page listings or an Internet presence.
To address this, the AmpleHarvest.org web site enables soup kitchens to register their name, phone, address, an optional photograph of the soup kitchen make it easier to find, and day[s] of the week and time of the day they'll accept the gardeners produce.
Now that The Nourishing Kitchen of New York City is a part of the AmpleHarvest.org campaign, area backyard gardeners will be able to easily find the soup kitchen using the personalized driving instructions available on the site. More than 1,150 soup kitchens participate nationwide.
According to AmpleHarvest.org founder, Gary Oppenheimer, "Two years ago, my own garden grew more produce than we could possibly use, and I quickly found that there are only so many cucumbers you can give to friends and still have them call you a friend. Our community garden also left a lot of produce to rot on the vines. When I searched on the Internet for soup kitchens tries, the nearest one listed was 25 miles away even though my own town has five. That was when it became clear that AmpleHarvest.org was desperately needed".
The Nourishing Kitchen of New York City welcomes fresh produce donations for its clients. Additionally, information will be posted from time to time by the Nourishing Kitchen on the site, listing those store bought items that are in short supply at the kitchen - this to enable anyone wishing to help their neighbors in need.