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Food Industry Donations

Food Industry Donations

Local and national food manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, grocers and farmers donate directly to the Foodbank to help us provide a steady flow of food to families in need.

At one time, food industry donors struggled to make exactly the amount of food to meet the demand of the market. The excess food – known as overruns – would often be donated to organizations such as the Foodbank. But now, due to changes in technology, it is rare for food industry donors to make too much of anything.

Now, the large donations we receive from manufacturers tend to be:

  • packaging misprints
  • new products that didn’t sell as well as expected
  • foods packaged with outdated or seasonal advertising
  • foods that are edible, but missing a minor ingredient such as flavoring or spice

For instance, we may receive a truckload of cereal from a national manufacturer simply because it didn’t contain enough sugar to meet their standards for retail sale.

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act provides protection for food donors.

For more information about the program, contact Shannon O’Connor at 314-227-3738 or