Changing your consumer habits is not the only way you can reduce food waste. Donating unspoiled food to neighbors in need, individuals can support their local communities and reduce environmental impact. Donated food can include non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food, leftovers from events and surplus food inventory.

 

Where to donate

– Food pantries, food banks and food rescue programs are available across the country to collect food and redistribute it to those in need.

– Food banks are community-based, professional organizations that collect food from a variety of sources and save the food in warehouses. The food bank then distributes the food to hungry families and individuals through a variety of emergency food assistance agencies, such as soup kitchens, youth or senior centers, shelters and pantries. Most food banks tend to collect less perishable foods such as canned goods because they can be stored for a longer time.

– Food Rescue Programs take excess perishable and prepared food and distribute it to agencies and charities that serve hungry people such as soup kitchens, youth or senior centers, shelters and pantries. Many of these agencies visit the food bank each week to select fresh produce and packaged products for their meal programs or food pantries. Many also take direct donations from stores, restaurants, cafeterias, and individuals with surplus food to share.