Donate surplus food and support your community.
We will gladly accept food donations of 200 pounds or more from food donors like restaurants, wholesalers, greenmarkets, bakeries, caterers, hospitals and more. Our refrigerated trucks can stop by regularly or on an as-needed basis.
Food Donor Resources:
Food Donation Guidelines
Food Handling Criteria
Please note: We are not able to do same-day pick-ups. Pick-up times cannot be guaranteed due to circumstances beyond our control such as unscheduled call-ins or traffic. In the event that we cannot make a pick-up, we will notify you to make alternate arrangements.
There is absolutely no risk of liability in donating your surplus food. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act,signed into law in 1996, protects good-faith food donors from civil and criminal liability should the product later cause harm to its recipient.
Specifically, the Act provides protection for food and grocery products that meet all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulation, even though the food may not be “readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, size, surplus, or other conditions.”
Join our network of distribution agencies.
We distribute food daily to more than 220 agencies of soup kitchens, emergency food pantries, senior centers, children’s homes, domestic shelters, homeless shelters, group homes, and more. In order to be considered as a new recipient agency, your organization must:
- Provide service on at least a weekly basis and be able to take delivery of food once a week
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
- Have a Serv-Safe Certification or equivalent
- Have on-site refrigeration for storage of perishable foods
- Be located in or provide service to residents of a high poverty neighborhood
Priority will be given to agencies serving vulnerable populations, including at-risk children, frail seniors, and homeless families. Other factors in the selection process include the agency’s service to high-poverty areas and frequency of service/capacity for distribution of perishable foods. Using Census 2000 data, we can identify, to the block level, the highest concentrations of poverty in the tri-county area. Priority is given to agencies serving the greatest number of families with children in these neighborhoods.
This page is intended to be a resource for all of our partner agencies. If you are not currently a partner but are interested, please submit an application and we will get back to you shortly. Please note that we are currently limited on resources to add additional partners at this time, be we are consistently improving and adding resources when we can.
As a partner agency to Forgotten Harvest, we want to first thank you for your partnership and dedication to ending hunger in our community. Without the work you and our many other partners do, Forgotten Harvest would not be able to fulfill our mission of relieving hunger in our community by rescuing nutritious surplus food.
This resource page is used to provide partner agencies with the tools and knowledge needed to achieve compliance requirements, as well as successfully manage a distribution. It details policies enforced by Forgotten Harvest, as a requirement of the USDA and Feeding America.
As a member of the Feeding America network, Forgotten Harvest is held accountable to a strict set of rules and governing procedures that ensures food is distributed safely as it pertains to state, IRS, and federal law. Accordingly, we expect each partner agency to follow the policies and procedures outlined not only in this handbook but also in the guidelines outlined in the Forgotten Harvest Agency Agreement and any of the appropriate appendices.
Agency Resource Manual
The Agency Resource Manual has in-depth coverage and information for all things necessary for our partner agencies to be successful, safe, and compliant with Forgotten Harvest and Feeding America Policies. It will guide agencies and help to build a better understanding of the standards and regulations. Forgotten Harvest will make every effort to notify partner agencies when official changes in policy or procedure have been made.
Supplemental Resource Material
Limited English Proficiency Resources:
Link 2 Feed
Samsung Pro Active Tab (supplied to agencies from Forgotten Harvest by request):
Agency Capacity Grant
2023 Agency Conference Documents
Any general issues, questions, or concerns can be handled by your Client Service Specialist:
Client Services Specialist
Cell Phone: 248.508.7691
Client Service Specialist
Cell Phone: 248-234-0017
If your issue is urgent and you are unable to reach your Specialist:
Client Services Manager
Cell Phone: 248.506.6523
Director, Volunteer, and Client Services