How to Donate Food
The process is as simple as making a phone call to 216.738.2130. Patty Eilmann, from our Product Resource Development Department will assist you with your donation. We will make arrangements in a timely manner to pick up your donation, saving you the transportation expense.
We will need to ask a few questions:
• Company name, contact name, address and phone number
• Product description, product state (dry, refrigerated, frozen)
• Code date information
• Amount of donation, including weight, number of cases & pallets
• Donation reason
A receipt will be given to you at the time of pick up and another copy mailed to you.
The Good News About Good Sam
On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. This new law makes it easier for you to donate.
- It protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization.
- It protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient.
- It standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your 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. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."
- Congress recognized that the provision of food close to the date if recommended retail sale is, in and of itself, not grounds for finding gross negligence. For example, you can donate cereal marked close to code date for retail sale.
Please call us if you would like more information about the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.