Donate food for people
Food rescue organizations want your food, so they can serve hungry residents. Businesses and organizations can donate:
- Prepared menu items and buffet foods
- Produce, dairy and deli items as long as they were kept at safe temperatures
- Unused food from catered events
- Day-old and other baked goods
- Unlabeled or mislabeled foods
- Excess crops left in the field
Donating food is safe and legal, because food donation is covered under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.
Many food donations are eligible for tax deductions under IRF 170(C)(3). Qualified business taxpayers can deduct the cost to produce the food and half the difference between the cost and full fair market value of the donated food.
Food rescue organizations
Donate food for animals
Food scraps and expired food items that are not suitable for people might still be good for animal feed. Businesses and organizations can contract with a food-to-animal farm or manufacturer to donate:
- Food prep waste
- Plate waste
- Unpackaged spoiled, outdated or frozen food
- Food by-products
- Bakery good
Farms provide lined plastic carts on wheels that are cleaned each time they are collected. Food sent to farms is cooked to eliminate harmful bacteria.
- Barthold Recycling, 763-444-7447, St. Francis
- ReConserve (formerly Endres), 651-438-3113, Rosemount
- Sanimax, 651-451-6858, 505 Hardman Ave. S., South St. Paul
- Second Harvest Farms, 763-434-9044, Cedar
- Winona Farm, 507-454-3126, Winona