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After the Harvest

After the Harvest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, rescues nutritious fruits and vegetables from going to waste and donates them to agencies that serve hungry people, primarily in Greater Kansas City.

After the Harvest
406 W 34th Street, Suite 816
Kansas City MO 64111
(816) 921-1903 
www.aftertheharvestkc.org
 

After the Harvest rescues nutritious fruits and vegetables from going to waste and donates them to agencies that serve hungry people, primarily in Greater Kansas City. Our volunteers glean after the harvest, picking what’s left in farmers’ fields and picking up already harvested leftover produce. The majority of the funds we raise helps secure semi-truckloads of donated produce that might otherwise end up in landfills. After the Harvest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the largest produce donor to Harvesters—The Community Food Network.  

How we help
With the help of volunteers and generous donations, we’re able to deliver apples, pears, beans, tomatoes, kale, berries, squash, corn and more to food banks, pantries, shelters and community kitchens in Kansas and Missouri, primarily in the Greater Kansas City area.
 
Our hunger-relief nonprofit is the largest produce donor to Harvesters--The Community Food Network. 
 
Why we help 
The work we do at After the Harvest addresses three serious issues: hunger, poor nutrition and food waste. 
 
Each month in Greater Kansas City, 142,000 people seek emergency food assistance. Yet, 52% of produce that could nourish our hungry neighbors ends up in landfills or simply goes to waste in farmers’ fields. 
 
When you pair food waste of that proportion with the problem in our community of food-insecurity—meaning a lack consistent access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life—things just don’t add up. We’re here to help fix that.

But we can’t do it alone.
 

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After the Harvest works to fight hunger.  Can we count on you to help, too?
Donate today to
Buck$ for Trucks to feed more families during this holiday season and into the winter. We simply cannot do it without you.
 

ATH works to fight hunger 
 
In the U.S.
More than 42.2 million Americans, including 5 million seniors and 13.1 million children, live in households that struggle against hunger according to a
USDA 2015 study.
 
One in seven Americans is food-insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life. These are often children, seniors and hard-working adults who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. They live in suburbs, in cities and in rural areas.
 
In Missouri, Kansas and Greater Kansas City
There are 1.3 million people in Kansas and Missouri, including half a million children, who don't always know where there next meal is coming from.


In Kansas City, nearly 365,000 people are food insecure—nearly 50% are children and seniors.  

Kansas City has a hunger problem, but it’s not what you might expect. Most of those who struggle with getting enough food are not homeless—they are working adults. And all too often, seniors and children.
 
After the largest produce donor to Harvesters--The Community Food Network.
Learn who is hungry in Harvesters’ 26-county service area:
 
• Harvesters’ network of nonprofit agencies is feeding 141,500 different people each month. 
• 25 percent of those served by Harvesters are children. 
• 20 percent are seniors.
• 49 percent of households receiving food have at least one adult who worked in the last year.
• 5 percent of those receiving food are homeless. 
• 59 percent of those receiving food are white, 24 percent are African-American, 9 percent are Hispanic, and the rest are from other racial and ethnic groups.

 
After the Harvest provides produce to 360 agencies that serve more than 35,000 hungry people every week.
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What your After the Harvest donation does:
You help provide Harvesters and our local pantries, shelters and community kitchens with produce that might otherwise go to waste.  And, you help keep healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables on the tables of those in need where ATH serves—Kansas and Missouri, primarily Greater Kansas City.
 
Since May 2014, After the Harvest has provided more than 10.8 million lbs. of produce to feed those in need through gleaning farmers’ fields, salvage of already picked produce, and truckloads that might have ended up in landfills.
 
Of every dollar you donate, 88 cents goes straight to providing healthy food for hungry people as we rally thousands of volunteers to glean, and raise approx. $5,000 in packaging, handling and sourcing for each truckload we rescue.

We’re hoping to deliver an additional 6 million lbs. in 2018, but we need your help.  Let’s do this together!

 
After the Harvest works to improve nutrition.  Can we count on you to help, too?
 
Donate today to
Buck$ for Trucks to feed more families during this holiday season and into the winter We simply cannot do it without you.
 
ATH works to improve nutrition
 
Our neighbors suffer from hunger because they don’t get enough to eat. But children, seniors and others can also be malnourished if they don’t eat food (like fresh fruits and vegetables) that provides the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
 
Hunger and health are deeply connected
According to 
Feeding America,  hunger and health are deeply connected. People who are food-insecure are disproportionally affected by diet-driven chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and according to research, food insecurity is also linked to many other adverse effects to overall health.
 
Hunger plays a role in obesity
Ironically, hunger can play a role in obesity, particularly among low-income individuals who turn to inexpensive foods that satiate their hunger in the short term but lack the nutrients they need for long-term good health. Obese individuals can also be malnourished.
 
Along with the increase in obesity come health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are increasing nationally, and food-insecure people are at greater risk. A University of California, San Francisco study recently revealed that food-insecure people are more than twice as likely to develop diabetes than are adults who have access to healthy foods.
 
Eating healthy is challenging
For at-risk populations, such as low-income or food-insecure individuals, eating healthily is challenging. Many food banks do not receive an adequate amount of produce donations. Pantries often provide more processed, shelf-stable items to their clients. And, many low-income, urban neighborhoods and rural areas are “food deserts” that lack grocery stores and markets that sell fresh produce.


Fifty five percent of people identify fresh fruits and vegetables as the foods they most desire but aren’t receiving from their food pantry.
 
After the Harvest—healthy food for hungry people
After the Harvest provides a common-sense way to save nutritious food from rotting in the fields or going to the landfills and to get it to people who are going hungry and who face poor nutrition.
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What your After the Harvest donation does:
You help provide our Harvesters and our local pantries, shelters and community kitchens with produce that might otherwise go to waste.  And, you help keep healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables on the tables of those in need where ATH serves—Kansas and Missouri, primarily Greater Kansas City.
 
Since May 2014, After the Harvest, has provided more than 10.8 million lbs. of produce to feed those in need through gleaning farmers’ fields, salvage of already picked produce and truckloads that might have ended up in landfills.
 
Of every dollar you donate, 88 cents goes straight to providing healthy food for hungry people as we rally thousands of volunteers to glean and raise approx. $5,000 in packaging, handling and sourcing for each truckload we rescue.
 
We’re hoping to deliver an additional 6 million lbs. in 2018, but we need your help.  Let’s do this together!



 
After the Harvest works to reduce food waste.  Can we count on you to help, too?
 
Donate today to
Buck$ for Trucks to feed more families during this holiday season and into the winter. We simply cannot do it without you.
 

 
After the Harvest works to reduce food waste
 
Every year, we throw away more than enough nutritious food to feed each hungry family, senior, and child in the U.S. – nearly one hundred billion pounds—according to the USDA. Food that could nourish our citizens ends up in landfills and rots in fields.
 
52% of produce wasted
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 52% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. is wasted before it reaches the plate.

 
• From the USDA: More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). 
• Food waste quickly generates methane, helping to make landfills the third largest source of methane in the United States, with possible substantial climate change impact. 

After the Harvest rescues unmarketable produce
The produce waste issue is sometimes described as a “farm-to-fork” problem. Produce is lost in fields, warehouses, packaging, distribution, supermarkets, restaurants and fridges.


After the Harvest works with farmers and other produce partners to prevent discarded fruits and vegetables, that are perfectly edible, from being dumped or left in the field to rot. They are rejected as unmarketable for retailers because of surface bruises, discoloration, size or other imperfections. Or sometimes farmers just have more produce than they can sell.
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What your After the Harvest donation does:
You help provide Harvesters and our local pantries, shelters and community kitchens with produce that might otherwise go to waste.  And, you help keep healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables on the tables of those in need where ATH serves—Kansas and Missouri, primarily Greater Kansas City.
 
Since May 2014, After the Harvest, has provided more than 10.8 million lbs. of produce to feed those in need through gleaning farmers’ fields, salvage of already picked produce and truckloads that might have ended up in landfills.
 
Of every dollar you donate, 88 cents goes straight to providing healthy food for hungry people as we rally thousands of volunteers to glean and raise approx. $5,000 in packaging, handling and sourcing for each truckload we rescue.
 
We’re hoping to deliver an additional 6 million lbs. in 2018, but we need your help.  Let’s do this together!