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.
You’ll save the earth. Did you know that global food waste emits more Greenhouse Gases than every country in the world besides the US and China? Letting us rescue your excess instantly reduces GHG emissions.
You’ll connect with environmentally conscious consumers around Los Angeles. We help promote your business and ensure people in our community support you for taking action on these important causes.


“...Lawyers are not interested in sticking it to people who make sure the needy do not starve.”
- Nicole Civita, University of Arkansas School of Law

Concerned about liability?

“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.” (Read more on the Huffington Post)

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act passed in 1996 is a Federal Law that protects all food donors from both Civil and Criminal liability when donating “Apparently Wholesome” food, including “any raw, cooked, processed, or prepared edible substance, ice, beverage, or ingredient…for human consumption”, to non-profit organizations in “Good Faith” (with no malicious intent).

Per University of Arkansas’ Legal Guide to the bill, Simply stated, if the product is supposed to eaten, it is covered.”

All 50 states, Including California, have passed Good Samaritan Laws that may provide additional liability protection beyond the Federal Law.

California’s Good Samaritan Act of 2017 clarifies and expands food donation under the Emerson Act to include donations fit for consumption beyond its labeled shelf life date.

It also requires health inspection officers to promote recovery and donation of suitable food during inspections.

Not only are there two laws protecting you, but the health department and city encourage you to donate this food!

Partner Feature: Le Pain Quotidien Larchmont

Le Pain Quotidien Larchmont has been a member of our program since April 2018. In the first eight months, we recovered over 2,000 pounds of fresh, organic breads for people in need.

Have inedible food scraps? We can divert it to appropriate facilities!

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 pickup request whenever you need it or we can install a seamless donation plan for your business

You’ll 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, blog, and newsletter. Our partners tell us they’ve enjoyed increased customer loyalty through their brand’s association with our important causes.

Donate FAQs

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!

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!

No, only organizations responsible for safe food handling.

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.

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

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.

Receiving Agency FAQs

Any 501(c)(3) organization with the ability to safely receive and handle food. We primarily work with kitchens, shelters, food banks, and religious organizations.

Click here to sign up via ChowMatch.

The app allows you to set preferences based on hours, types, and quantities of food you’re able to receive. When a donor sends out a pickup request, it matches to the best agency based on those settings and location.

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