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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 food?
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 work?
Coming Soon.

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.

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