Bureau of Food Distribution
The Food Recovery Resource Guide
How Can You Help?

The operation of the Food Recovery Program is three-fold:
  • Locate unsold or unmerchantable food and fresh produce.
  • Coordinate its transportation and storage.
  • Distribute it to the needy.
How Can You Help?

There are various ways to get involved in the fight against hunger and demonstrate commitment to the community.

Food Service Professionals

  • Organize a food drive and donate food to a local food bank or pantry.
  • Donate excess prepared food from restaurants, school cafeterias or catered events.
  • Assist organizations in training their volunteers in safe food-handling practices.


Nonprofit Organizations

  • Work independently or with existing organizations to assist on-going food recovery efforts.
  • Support or develop a community or regional coalition against hunger.
  • Develop a community financial fund to fight hunger.
  • Plan tours of food recovery facilities or arrange for knowledgeable speakers to increase community awareness of hunger and poverty problems, and what people are doing to address them.


Youth Service Groups and Volunteer Organizations

  • Work on their own or with existing organizations to assist on-going food recovery efforts.
  • Organize essay, oratorical or art contests for school children to focus on a childs view of hunger and its consequences.
  • Sponsor a community garden that gives a portion of the harvest to food banks, soup kitchens, and other food recovery programs.
  • Supply gardening tools and harvesting equipment for local gardening and gleaning efforts.


Individual Citizens

  • Volunteer at the food recovery program closest to you.
  • Attend food safety training sessions so you are better prepared to volunteer in a soup kitchen or shelter.
  • Suggest that organizations you belong to or businesses you work for sponsor food recovery programs.
  • Join or form a community walk/run to benefit a food recovery program.


Businesses and Corporations

  • Encourage, recognize, and reward employees and other individuals for volunteer service to the community. Increase employee awareness of local hunger and provide training to make employees more useful volunteers.
  • Sponsor radio and television air time for community organizations that address hunger.
  • Donate excess prepared and processed food from the employee cafeteria or from special events to local food recovery programs.
  • Donate transportation, maintenance work, or computer service.
  • Prepare legal information on donor considerations such as "Good Samaritan" laws and food safety and quality.

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