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Reduce Wasted Food By Feeding Hungry People

Cool Story - Reduce Wasted Food By Feeding Hungry People

The second stage of the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy involves distributing food to feed people. According to the EPA, around 63 million tonnes of food were wasted in the US in 2018. Despite disposing of millions of tonnes of food annually, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 10.5 percent of American households, or over 13.7 million people, experienced food insecurity at some point in 2019. Food that is thrown into our country's landfills is frequently wholesome, edible food.

By gathering fresh, nutritious food and giving it to our fellow citizens in need, we can demonstrate leadership in our communities.

By donating food, we help local communities, feed people instead of landfills, and prevent the resources used to produce that food from going to waste.

Anyone Can Donate Food

Food banks often get donations from large producers, retail giants, wholesalers, farmers, food brokers, and coordinated community food drives. The quick distribution of perishable and prepared foods to hungry people in their communities is provided by restaurants, caterers, corporate dining rooms, hotels, and other food businesses. Donors can save time and money by donating food knowing that many food banks and rescue organizations will pick it up for free.

Legal Basis

The  Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (PDF) shields corporate donors from legal responsibility. According to this Act, the company is not responsible for losses suffered as a result of disease as long as the donor has not engaged in carelessness or willful misconduct. For further information on the Act, see the Frequently Asked Questions about the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (PDF). Learn more from the University of Arkansas' Food Recovery – a legal guide and the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas’ United States Legal Guide- Food Donation Law and Policy (PDF.

Safety Basics

If the transaction is handled appropriately, many non-perishable and undamaged perishable commodities can be donated to nearby food banks, soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters. Find out what things your local food bank or food rescue organization would accept by contacting them. For additional information on how to donate food securely, read up on  Food Safety Basics or get in touch with your state or local health agency Food Safety Regulations & Guidance for Food Donations: A Fifty-State Survey of State Practices (PDF), published by the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, provides additional information on food safety.

Tax Benefits

Companies that give food may receive tax incentives. For details on improved tax deductions offered to businesses providing food, see Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic’s Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation, a Legal Guide.

How to Donate Food?

Where to Donate?

• Throughout the nation, there are food rescue organizations, food banks, and pantries that collect food and deliver it to those in need.

• Food banks are reputable, community-based organizations that gather food from various sources and store it in warehouses. Through a variety of emergency food assistance organizations, including soup kitchens, youth or elderly centers, shelters, and pantries, the food bank then delivers the food to hungry families and individuals. Because they can be preserved for a longer period, nonperishable foods like canned products are typically collected by food banks.

• Food rescue programs are run by food rescue groups, and they may involve collecting extra food from contributors or delivering donated food to clients directly or to other organizations that distribute food to clients. These organizations may also provide additional programming, such as education and skill development, the preparation of meals or other food products from donated food, etc. Many of them use software tools, such as apps, to organize the distribution of extra food by volunteers or other organizations.

Ideas for Increasing Food Donations in Your Community

• Utilize your current connections with food banks to provide food donations following events.

• Suggest that your neighborhood supermarkets, restaurants, venues, and/or schools donate healthy food that will go to waste.

• Establish a timetable for the weekly, bimonthly, or monthly pickup of food donations from your company or organization.

• Use donated food for events at your establishment or to feed the elderly or hungry in your neighborhood.

• Join a food rescue organization as a volunteer to assist move food from donors to recipient organizations!

Are you a religious institution? Learn more about how your company can minimize food waste by changing your food purchases, giving, composting, engaging others, and sharing your experience by visiting the Food Stewards Toolkit.

Find Food Recipient Organizations

Users can find food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that might be interested in accepting healthful, surplus food by using the resources on the websites listed below:

• A map of the food banks that are members of Feeding America may be seen at  Find Your Local Foodbank. There might be a minimum donation size restriction for some of these food banks. Additionally, Feeding America runs the  Meal Connect app, which links donations with nearby food banks.

• Sustainable A database of groups collecting, transporting, preparing, and delivering food to the hungry in local communities is available at America's Food Rescue Locator.

• You can use AmpleHarvest.org to search for food pantries by zip code, and the search results are shown on an interactive map.

• The National Hunger Clearinghouse, run by Hunger Free America, allows users to seek food assistance. 

• The organizations listed below are a few examples of food donation organizations that give businesses a way to give surplus, healthful food to people in need:

• Fighting food waste and hunger is the mission of the student-led Food Recovery Network (FRN), a national network of college students, food companies, and nonprofits. Chapters of FRN provide surplus food to areas with a food shortage.

Food Donation Connection offers a substitute for throwing away extra healthy food by connecting food service donors with extra supplies with nearby hunger relief organizations.

• A poverty-fighting think tank called Rock and Wrap It Up! It collaborates with businesses involved in the music, sports, and TV/film industries as well as with hotels, hospitals, and educational institutions to give cooked food to people in need across the United States and Canada.

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