The Central Texas Food Bank helps retailers, manufacturers, corporations, and farmers safely donate their excess and unsaleable grocery products as an alternative to destroying it.
What You Can Donate
Food and products that are still safe but cannot be sold can have a second life. Here are some types of products we can take:
- close-to-code items
- out of code items with extended use-by dates
- perishable items
- discontinued items
- shipping errors
- partial cases
- mislabeled and unlabeled items
- cosmetic damage to items
- packaging changes
- packaging errors
- promotional and seasonal items
- test product inventory
- bulk or food service sizes
With more than 30 years of experience and industry knowledge, the Food Bank makes it easy and cost effective for you to manage un-salable food and non-food items. All donations are tracked using a coding system for product recall management and to ensure your donation does not re-enter the marketplace. Our warehouse and truck fleet can safely handle the transportation and storage of frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable products. We follow Feeding America and Texas Department of Health safety standards. All drivers are Department of Transportation certified. As a donor, you can expect that we:
- inspect all donated products for quality assurance.
- respect your need for timely product pickup.
- honor your product distribution restrictions.
- ensure that product is never bartered, traded or sold.
- provide any receipts and acknowledgements needed.
- give tours of the Food Bank's warehouse facility.
The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects you from civil and criminal liability. President Bill Clinton signed this act on October 1, 1996, to encourage donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:
- protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization
- protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient
- standardizes donor liability exposure, so you nor your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states
- sets a floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products (According to the 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.”)