DONATE FOOD

We make it easy for you to donate excess food!
Federal and State Laws protect donors from any potential liability.

BENEFITS OF DONATING

Your donations are tracked. They may be eligible for enhanced tax savings through IRC Section 170(e)(3). We make the pickups seamless and they’re always free!
You’ll feed people, not landfills. We work hard to build a strong network of receiving agencies that serve the 1,683,000 food insecure Angelenos.

Help fight climate change – food thrown into landfills emits
greenhouse gases and is a significant contributor to global warming.

You’ll connect with environmentally conscious consumers around Los Angeles. We’ll help promote your business to our community.

THANKS TO GOOD SAMARITAN ACTS ACROSS THE U.S., BUSINESSES ARE FULLY PROTECTED FROM LIABILITY WHEN DONATING FOOD!

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We work with over 200 different donors of all sizes – from small donations to pallet level.

At FoodCycle we believe in the power of food to heal individuals and communities.

CONCERNED ABOUT LIABILITY?

NOT ONLY ARE THERE TWO LAWS PROTECTING YOU, BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND CITY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DONATE THIS FOOD!

TOWARDS ZERO WASTE PROGRAM

FoodCycle is partnered with Winnow Solutions to create the first of its kind pilot program in Southern California to prevent commercial kitchen food waste and help businesses like yours comply with federal regulations and save money.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

We’ll make it simple for you to donate – whether it’s one time, or weekly.

We work with every donor individually to customize a plan. It can be as simple as sending out a pick-up request whenever you need it, or we can install a seamless donation plan for your business.

You will receive all of the benefits listed above, including financial returns with tax incentives and cost reductions through waste prevention, along with promotion across our social media, blog, and newsletter. Our partners tell us they have enjoyed increased customer loyalty through their company’s association with our important causes.

JOIN OVER 200 BUSINESSES THAT TRUST FOODCYCLE!

How do I sign up?

Click here to sign up to be a Food Donor.

Is it free to donate?

Always!

What can I donate?

We accept all types of food for recovery – anything that’s edible, we can deliver safely to people in need.

We are also able to recover inedible food and bring to appropriate food recycling facilities, such as composting.

Essentially, we can work with you to ensure none of your food goes to the landfill!

Who can donate?

Any business or organization is eligible to donate; this includes grocery stores, farmers markets, offices/companies, restaurants, organizations running an event, and more. Contact us if you’re unsure if you qualify!

Can an individual donate?
No, only organizations responsible for safe food handling.
Am I liable?

NO! There is no available public record of anyone in the United States being sued ― or having to pay damages ― because of harms related to donated food according to Nicole Civita, University of Arkansas School of Law

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and California’s own Good Samaritan Act provides donors with liability protection providing the donor is certain the food has been handled safely and in accordance with state and local food handling guidelines.

FoodCycle LA also provide all drivers with food recovery materials that insure the safe donation of your excess food to a food pantry while checking the critical time and temperatures.

How do I receive tax incentives?

We track every donation and provide receipts, which can be used for tax breaks per IRC Section 170(e)(3).

Is there a minimum or maximum donation?

No!

What if I am an event with extra food?
If you’re a part of the organization running the event, sign up as a food donor in ChowMatch and send out a pickup request! If you’re an individual attending, try to find a representative of the event and tell them about us! We can only accept donations from organizations responsible for handling food.

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