Bureau of Food Distribution
The Food Recovery Resource Guide
What is Food Recovery?

The Food Recovery Program is a coordinated effort involving the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida farmers, wholesalers, retailers, community action agencies and other food relief agencies. It supplements Federal food assistance programs by making better use of a food source that already exists.
What is Food Recovery?
  • The program is committed to addressing the issue of hunger.
  • The purpose is forthright: Get surplus or unmarketable food to those in need.
  • The technique is direct: Gather food that has been deemed unmerchantable and distribute it to the needy.
  • The goal is noble: To end hunger in America.

The four most common methods of food recovery are:

Field Gleaning - The collection of crops from farmers fields that have already been mechanically harvested or fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.

Perishable Food Rescue or Salvage - The collection of perishable produce from wholesale and retail sources.

Food Rescue - The collection of prepared foods from the food service industry.

Nonperishable Food Collection - The collection of processed foods with long shelf lives.

When foods or produce are rejected at the retail and wholesale levels, the Food Recovery Program is an excellent alternative to dumping at the local landfill. The continued success of the Food Recovery Program is dependent upon all of us. The past successes of the program are indicative of what a united front can accomplish. We have banded together to provide assistance to the less fortunate, while exemplifying conscientious responsibility and resourcefulness.


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