Every day in the District, leftover or surplus
food from parties, restaurants, cafeterias and
supermarkets often lands in the trash.
This food could be recovered to feed hungry
men, women and children.
Who can donate surplus
Anyone can donate non-perishable food such as
packaged and canned goods. To donate perishable
food, your organization must have a current
health department certificate and follow appropriate
food handling procedures. Food prepared
in a private home cannot be donated unless the
food is leftover from a catered meal or party.
Benefits of food donation
- Saves on waste disposal costs
- Keeps food waste out of landfills
- Reduces hunger in our community
How does food donation
What about liability?
The State of Ohio has a Good Samaritan Food
Law (Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.37)
(http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2305.37) to protect
food donors from liability. Specifically,
the law states that a good-faith donor of perishable
food fit for human consumption at the time of
donation will not be subject to civil damages
resulting from the condition of the food.
What to donate?
Accepts non-perishable food items including
canned, dried, dehydrated, and packaged items.
Accepts perishable and prepared food
and produce including fresh, frozen and cooked
meats, poultry, fish, cold cuts, eggs, cheese,
soups, fresh fruits and vegetables, grains,
flour, nuts, beans, pasta and sauces.