In 2015, 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, or households lacking reliable access to sufficient, nutritious food. This year, DISH, together with our customers, is helping to fill the hunger gap, one bill at a time.
DISH is partnering with AmpleHarvest.org to help food pantries feed millions of men, women and children experiencing hunger by enabling local gardeners to donate fresh food to nearby food pantries. During the month of March, for every customer that enrolls in AutoPay, our automatic billing system, DISH will donate $1 to AmpleHarvest.org to aid a local food pantry to provide three meals of fresh, healthy produce.
Ampleharvest.org’s story began in 2007, when Gary Oppenheimer took 40 pounds of excess squash, melons, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to a local food pantry for battered women. The overwhelming appreciation he received made him realize the scarcity of fresh foods in local food pantries.
As an answer to America’s hunger gap and waste of surplus harvest from local gardens, Oppenheimer created a technology platform to connect gardeners with local food pantries in need of fresh produce and to reduce the amount of jars, cans and boxes that end up in the waste stream from traditionally donated food. Today, AmpleHarvest.org connects nearly 8,000 food pantries across all 50 states to local gardeners and farmers.
In addition to feeding Americans experiencing hunger, AutoPay helps our customers ensure their bill is on time, every time. This customer feature is a no hassle, no stress way for customers to enjoy their DISH service and never worry about late fees.
Through our DISH Cares program, we are proud to partner with innovative organizations, like AmpleHarvest.org, to address needs in local neighborhoods all across America. In addition to our customer autopay campaign, DISH employees will be hosting a companywide food drive supporting local food banks and an online drive for AmpleHarvest.org.
Visit www.mydish.com to sign up for AutoPay today and help us close the hunger gap with AmpleHarvest.org!