Feed It Forward
Donate Surplus Food
Who can donate? Everyone! Restaurants and caterers, hotels, grocery stores, and food processing facilities and food distributors can donate almost anything they serve or sell, including meats and dairy, even if they are close to their expiration date. Individuals can donate also.
Why donate? Help fight food insecurity. Donating surplus food can be a sustainable way to help local charitable organizations that provide hunger relief to those in need in your community. Although a special public health permit is not required, donating, receiving, and distributing surplus foods must be done safely in order to minimize food safety risks.
See the following toolkit for details.
- Feed It Forward - Complete Toolkit Package (PDF)
- Page 1 - The Problem - Wasted Food (PDF)
- Page 2 - You Can Donate Surplus Food (PDF)
- Page 3 - Tax Deductions (PDF)
- Page 4 - Date Labels (PDF)
- Page 5 - Start a Food Donation Program at Your Facility (PDF)
- Page 6 - How to Donate Safely (PDF)
- Page 7 - Appendix A - Legal Protections (PDF)
- Page 8 to 9 - Appendix B - Grocery Store Food Loss Prevention Tips (PDF)
- Page 10 to 11 - Appendix C - Restaurant Food Loss Prevention Tips (PDF)
- Page 12 to 13 - Appendix D - Food Donation Agreement Form (PDF)
- Page 14 - Appendix E - Example Donated Food Label (PDF)
- Page 15 to 16 - Appendix F - Food Donation Delivery Form (PDF)
- Page 17 - Appendix G - School Donation Information 17 (PDF)
- Page 18 to 19 - Appendix H - Glossary (PDF)
- Page 20 - Appendix I - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Page 21 - Appendix J - Local Resources Sheet (PDF)
- Page 22 - Appendix K - School Share Tables (PDF)