Food Industry Donations
HOW TO DONATE FOOD
Making a food donation to the foodbank is time - and cost efficient:
EASY CONTACT: Contact the Foodbank at 563-345-6490
FOOD PICKUP: The Foodbank will send out a truck to pick up your donation.
PROFESSIONAL FOOD HANDLING: Your food donation will be stored in our fully equipped 25,000 square foot warehouse.
EFFICIENT DISTRIBUTION: Your donation will be quickly distributed to needy people through our member programs, and these programs are monitored to ensure that donated product does not reenter the marketplace.
INSTANT FEEDBACK: Your donation will be tracked, documented and receipted.
LEGAL PROTECTION: Your company is protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Act.
WHY DONATE FOOD
Donating food makes good business sense. Here are just a few reasons why:
TAX DEDUCTION: The 1976 Federal Tax Law (H.R. 10612) permits you to deduct all of the costs of producing, packaging and delivering your products - plus up to 50 percent of the difference between the cost and the fair market value.
COST SAVINGS: In salvaging food and other products, your company eliminates dumping costs.
INVENTORY CONTROL: A food donation can help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory, and inventory that can be eaten but not sold.
COMMUNITY GOODWILL: Your support and goodwill will win you the respect of the community.
PROUD STAFF: Employees feel good about their company's role in making a difference in the community.
WHAT TO DONATE
The Foodbank accepts anything from cases to truckloads of dry-stored, nonperishable or frozen food items, and non-food items. Call the Foodbank if you find that your products are:
Mislabeled or unlabelled
Discontinued, test-market and private-label brands
Under- or over-weight items
Good Samaritan Laws
On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. This new law makes it easier to donate.
It protects donors from liability when donating to a non-profit organization.
It protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient.
It standardizes donor liability exposure.
Donors and their legal counsel no longer have to investigate liability laws in 50 states.
It sets a liability floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. (See Act text for further definitions.)