If you or your work place are hosting a catered event and have trays of extra edible food, there is no need to toss it all 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.