Healthy food for hungry people

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.

Our Team

Lisa Ousley
Lisa OusleyExecutive Director
Lisa Ousley is the founding executive director of After the Harvest. Prior to opening the office in May 2014, she worked for the Society of St. Andrew, as the director of its Western Headquarters (SoSA West) for six years. Lisa was the founding director for that program, also located in Kansas City, Mo. During the six years that she headed SoSA West, the operation provided more than 15 million pounds of fresh produce to food banks and feeding agencies west of the Mississippi River, though primarily in Kansas and Missouri.

Lisa’s other nonprofit work included tenure at Foodchain – The National Food-Rescue Network, and many years of volunteer and pro bono work for hunger-relief organizations, providing communication and media services. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and worked in corporate communications, public affairs and media organizations before turning to the field of nonprofit work.

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Emily Worm
Emily WormGleaning Network Manager
Emily Worm joined After the Harvest first as a seasonal field supervisor in July 2015, and then stepped in as Interim Program Director in November of that same year. Emily loves being out in the field with volunteers of all ages and bringing fresh produce to people in need. Previously, she worked as Program Director for the United Way of Wyandotte County, where she oversaw their RSVP program managing recruitment, placement, recognition and reporting for 200 senior volunteers. She also created original programming and partnered with new organizations to provide more volunteer opportunities for Kansas City, Kansas seniors.

Emily’s experience also includes five years of program coordination and volunteer management for a library and youth mentoring program in Tenants Harbor, Maine. While there, Emily served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for two years. Emily has a BA in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA in Social Policy and Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Maine. When not gleaning, Emily is busy tending her own garden, cooking, traveling, and hiking with her dog.

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Mariah Friend
Mariah FriendVolunteer Coordinator
Mariah joined After the Harvest as a seasonal Gleaning Coordinator in May 2016 and transitioned into a full-time position as the Volunteer Coordinator in March 2017. Mariah graduated from North Park University in Chicago with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S.N. Returning home to Kansas City, she obtained her R.N. and worked in critical care at Saint Luke’s East for almost four years.

After treating so many patients with preventable chronic illnesses, she became increasingly interested in how nutrition affects our health. In 2012, she completed a farm apprenticeship with Cultivate Kansas City and the Growing Growers program. In 2014, she successfully helped fundraise, advocate and organize events as a member of Nashville’s Fair Food committee. Deciding to focus her passion for community and health in the non-profit sector, her previous positions include Vendor Program Assistant for The Contributor, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for The Anidaso Nsae Foundation and Public Health Intern for Hospital Vozandes in Ecuador.

Mariah loves working directly with farmers and volunteers and spending as much time as possible in the field in the sunshine. When not gleaning, she enjoys traveling, cooking family-style meals for friends and writing.

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Sandy Vivian
Sandy VivianCommunications Director
Sandy Vivian is passionate about After the Harvest’s mission and growing the organization to bring more fresh produce to our hungry neighbors. She first came to ATH as a volunteer and now, as Communications Director, she spreads the word about After the Harvest.

Sandy graduated with a BA from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, majoring in communication arts with an emphasis in journalism. She has worked as a director or manager in marketing/advertising/event planning/promotions for advertising agencies, radio stations, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Hardee’s regional and ShowBiz Pizza corporate and many freelance clients. Her experience also includes advertising and marketing recruiting and building her own small food-related business.

Sandy has volunteered many hours for a variety of causes—most related to hunger relief. In her downtime during the growing season, she likes preparing fresh vegetables from her CSA weekly farm share. She also enjoys spending “floatie time” at little Nine-Acre Lake and traveling.

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Megan Hunter
Megan HunterDevelopment Director
Megan joined us in August, 2017 and hit the ground running, seeking support for ATH so that we can continue bringing nutritious produce to our hungry neighbors.

Megan comes to our organization with nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience in Kansas City including many years helping feed those in need in this region.

Prior to After the Harvest, Megan was at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art managing their major fundraising events. Megan also worked at Harvesters – The Community Food Network and served a vital role in their development department.

Megan is a lifelong Kansas City resident and is thrilled that her professional career allows her the opportunity to give back to the wonderful residents of our great city. In her free time, Megan likes to travel, hang out with her dogs and is hoping to one day have a green thumb. Rock Chalk!

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Jane Fletcher
Jane FletcherAdministrative Manager
Jane joined After the Harvest in March, 2017 as Administrative Manager. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years—from administrative assistant to office manager to fiscal officer.

It is very important to her to work and serve in ways that make a difference in people’s lives. She helped develop a local food pantry in 2008. As the volunteer pantry director, she has experienced the challenges and rewards of acquiring, storing and delivering food to hungry families.

She loves the relationships she has with the pantry guests and volunteers. Says Jane: “During distribution days, we not only share food with our friends, we share ideas about using unfamiliar foods and new recipes.” Occasionally fresh produce donations overflow and she can be found drying, freezing and preserving fruits and vegetables so they can be distributed at a later time to people with limited access to transportation.

During her free hours, she loves spending time with her family and especially her four adorable grandchildren.

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