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What if people could donate fresh fruits and vegetables to food drives instead of cans and boxes of non-perishable processed food?

What if people could donate fresh fruits and vegetables to food drives instead of cans and boxes of non-perishable processed food?

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Pat commented on Donate ugly fruits and vegetables to food drives

Thanks, Rebekah!  Regarding your comment about the receivers of the donations.  To ensure that donations match the needs of the receiving organizations, we collect data from them in terms of what food they need to serve their mission.  These are the food items made available for people to donate through our platform.  Think of it as a wedding registry - only for food.  

I really like your Salvage Kitchen idea - you're spot on that its important to educate people about food preparation.  So many people struggling with food insecurity lack food preparation knowledge.  Your model addresses that.  Kudos!

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Pat commented on Donate ugly fruits and vegetables to food drives

Hi Kate, thanks for reaching out!  The way Amp works is that people purchase fruits/vegetables from us at our website to donate to specific food drives that groups sponsor (similar to how someone or some group sponsors a crowd-funding project).  We source the fruits/vegetables from our suppliers.  For ugly fruits and vegetables, an example supplier would be Imperfect Produce (see www.imperfectproduce.com)  We generally source from established wholesale suppliers.  We place an order with them for all of the produce donated to a particular drive (and for a specific hunger organization) and they deliver it directly to the hunger organization on our behalf.  
For Sandy Fischer's idea - Ample Harvest is another organization that helps people  who want to donate garden fruits and vegetables on a national basis.
Have a great day!

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Pat commented on Healthy Food Drives

Thanks, Shane. Just took care of that.