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Food Donation

Whether you work in restaurants, manufacturing, distributing, retail, or farming, chances are your business throws away food every day, even if it's still safe to eat. Instead, try donating surplus food to a pantry.

Second Harvest Food Bank and other local food pantries welcome donations from community food businesses to distribute to clients who need it most. 

Donating food can be a cost-effective solution to inventory surpluses, storage limitations, and waste disposal costs. Food donations are tax deductible, and donors are protected from any liability through the Good Samaritan Law.

Known officially as the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, the Good Samaritan Law was created to encourage businesses to donate food and grocery products to qualified nonprofit organizations. This law provides liability protection to food donors, as long as the donor has not acted with negligence or intentional misconduct. Therefore, your business would not be held responsible for any damages caused by your food donation.

Most pantries accept:

  • fresh produce
  • refrigerated items
  • frozen foods, including meats
  • Some bakery items
  • personal care products
  • bulk packaged products
  • canned goods

For information on donating to a Second Harvest Food Bank location visit secondharvestfoodbank.org or call (440) 444-0697. To find a listing of all pantries near you, dial 211 or visit 211Lorain.org for a complete listing by zip code.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 66,853 people in our region live at or below the federal poverty line, which puts them at risk for food insecurity. Help feed your neighbors by redirecting safe, edible food to participating pantries that you would otherwise throw away.Your donations will help reduce hunger here in Lorain County!