Donate Food

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How Food Connection works

  • Donors submit an application which our team will review. Once approved, Food Connections can begin right away.
  • Following policies and procedures of their own institutions, in accordance with local laws and regulations, donors place the food (minimum of 18 portions) in a recyclable aluminum tray, wrap it and label it with donor name,  a description of the item, and the date  it was prepared.
  • Based on your location Food Connection will send a driver or advise you where you can drop off your food donation.


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What kind of food is donated and why

Restaurants and caterers often prepare food they don’t end up serving to customers. Maybe it’s a pan of roasted chicken that never made it to the buffet or a platter of sandwiches that wasn’t served. Perhaps bad weather caused an event to have low attendance thus creating lots of extra prepared food. We know that caterers often prepare more than they'll need so as not to run out. Currently in the U.S, 40% of all food produced ends up getting trashed. 

Food Connection offers an alternative to wasting fresh food.


To donate food, please fill out a Donor Form for your city

Why donate your surplus food?

Everyone deserves fresh food

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U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that approximately 12 percent of American households-about 41 million people-had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. 

Food Waste = Greenhouse Gas

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The climate impact of the food system may come as a surprise to many people. Food waste that decomposes in landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

It Makes Cents

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Currently food donors are eligible for both general tax deductions, as well as enhanced tax deductions which provide important financial incentives for food donation, encouraging all eligible businesses to donate surplus food.

What about liability?

Many people are under the misconception that it's against the law for businesses to donate fresh food. It's not.