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Food Donation

If you're hosting a catered event, no need to toss trays of edible leftovers in the compost bin. With a little planning, your celebratory feast can help feed others!
  • Identify and contact a food donation partner in your community to find out location, hours, types of food accepted, packaging and safe food storage requirements prior to pick-up/delivery. RecycleWhere lists non-profits that accept food for donation.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate food-safe packaging materials to transport the food.
  • During your event, be mindful of how much people are eating and serve accordingly. 
  • Label food for donation with item description and date.  If possible, list ingredients or potential allergens (e.g. nuts, gluten).
  • Store foods at proper temperature until pick-up/drop-off. See the USDA’s Basics for Handling Food Safely for further guidance.

The Federal and California Good Samaritan Food Donation Acts protect donors of surplus food from liability. For more information, check out our Surplus Food Donation Guide for Food Service Providers and Schools.

Additional Planning Tips

Citrus Peels
College Campus Food Waste Reduction Tips
Portion Size
Choose long-lasting vegetables and fruits that can stay crisp and fresh for longer so you can postpone that next grocery store visit.
Long-lasting Produce
Prep Now, Eat Later
Veggie Stock
Shopping Tips
Citrus Juice Cubes