BENEFITS OF DONATING
THANKS TO GOOD SAMARITAN ACTS ACROSS THE US AND CALIFORNIA, BUSINESSES ARE FULLY PROTECTED FROM LIABILITY WHEN DONATING FOOD
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?
“…LAWYERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN STICKING IT TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE SURE THE NEEDY DO NOT STARVE.”
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).
NOT ONLY ARE THERE TWO LAWS PROTECTING YOU, BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND CITY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DONATE THIS FOOD!
- Federal Liability Protection: Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
- State Liability Protection: California Good Samaritan Act
- To learn more contact the Los Angeles County Health Department: (626) 439 5320
TOWARDS ZERO WASTE PROGRAM
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 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.
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?
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?
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?