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NEW DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCE: Food Donation for Restaurants and Retail

greenUP!'s first white paper is here!

This free downloadable resource is designed to help restaurants or food retail businesses understand the options and benefits of food donation. 

Food waste occurs at the harvesting processing, distribution, marketing, and consumption stages of food. Though a certain amount of food waste can’t be avoided – due to processing costs, the current demand vs. production, and consumer lifestyle – much of the food waste that occurs after the distribution stage can be prevented by partnering with a local food bank. 

The white paper covers some steps that your business can take to food donation, including:

  1. Create a redistribution plan to take care of your surplus food,
  2. Encourage suppliers and employees to spread awareness of successful partnerships with food banks,
  3. Register for a free account with Feeding America’s Meal Connect program to easily connect your business with a local food bank that is ready to take care of your surplus food.

Now that we’ve shared some key strategies to get your business ready to partner with a local food bank, let’s address the biggest concern for restaurants and food retail companies when it comes to food donation – liability.

Fortunately, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 protects all good-faith donations from businesses, assuming the donations follow basic health guidelines. (Read more about this act here). As an added benefit, all businesses that donate surplus foods are eligible for food donation tax credits.   

We hope our white paper serves as a helpful resource for your business.
For more detailed information, read our full white paper here and let us know what you think!