Food Industry Donations
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank relies on the generosity of our food donors to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need, every day. We accept donations of all types of food from many sources to distribute to our nonprofit partner agencies and member programs: manufacturers, retailers, distributors, produce vendors, brokers, food shows, restaurants, freight companies, and Ohio growers and processors have all donated in support of our mission. If you work with food or other non-food items, we hope you’ll consider partnering with us!
What can be donated?
We accept donations of food or other non-food items no longer needed by the food industry, most often due to surplus or sales standards. Much of the food we accept is blemished or close-dated such that it no longer meets customer expectations, but if handled appropriately, is completely safe for consumption.
Click here to view our retail partnership guide and learn more about what we can and cannot use!
Donate to Feed our Hungry Neighbors
Across our six-county service area, one in six residents are food-insecure. That’s 305,760 people missing a combined 52.2 million meals every year. When you donate food to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, we put it right to work where it is needed most. With our network of nearly 1,000 partner agencies and programs, your donations can reach our neighbors in need in as little as a day!
Donate to Reduce Waste
Fully 31% of the food produced in the United States of America is thrown away. That’s about 133 billion pounds every year, or 429 pounds per American annually—for which we collectively pay $161 billion to grow, process, transport, and toss. By donating unsalable but otherwise consumable food to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, you’re saving more than just food…you’re saving labor, land, water, and energy, too!
Donate to Help your Tax Bill
There are tax incentives for donating, too! The PATH Act of 2015 makes the tax deductions for donated food simple, standardized, and permanent. Included in these changes is a permanent extension of relevant tax benefits to both C and non-C corporations, and an adjusted benefit cap of 15% of gross income for charitable donations of food. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will track your donations and provide you with the receipts you’ll need. Talk to your tax advisor to learn more about your eligibility.
Donate With Confidence
Food safety is the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s primary concern. Every donated item that arrives at our AIB-audited facility is checked to make sure it meets our standards for distribution. Working with guidelines from the USDA, FDA, Feeding America, and more, we are able to safely give out donated food—even products deemed unsuitable for the grocery sales floor!
In addition to our culture of food safety, federal law provides robust protections for donors under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996. This law sets a liability floor of gross negligence or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products, and protects donors from liability when donating apparently wholesome food in good faith.
Our staff is available to work with you to help take care of your donation. From one-time donations to recurring food recovery operations, we’ll help you implement the program that works best for you and your business! Contact us via email or at 216.738.1611.