Donor FAQ

Is it safe for our business to donate our surplus food?

Donating surplus food is safe and legal. It is important to note that food donors are protected from legal liability by both state and federal laws.

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States and was signed into law in 1996 to protect the donor and the recipient agency against liability, excepting only gross negligence and/or intentional misconduct. In addition, each state has passed Good Samaritan Laws that provide liability protection to good faith donors.

Can our business deduct the cost of the food we donate?

We encourage businesses to reference this Donor’s Guide and The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Tax Donation for Food Donation Legal Guide.

What food is acceptable for donation?

Please contact your local ChowMatch Administrator